Leaders of Mile 12 traders on Wednesday agreed with the plan of the Lagos State Government to relocate the Mile 12 market to a more suitable environment within the state. They also said they had the assurance of the Lagos State Government that the shut market would be reopened shortly.
While addressing a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the traders and community leaders agreed that the market had outgrown its present location and infrastructure. They also consented to the ban of commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada for transportation in the area because of the riders’ disobedience to traffic laws and frequent road accidents in the area.
The conference came two days after the Ogun State Government moved some Mile 12 traders to the Ogere area of the state.
Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, Alhaji Shehu Usman, who addressed the briefing attended by Baales and community leaders from Agiliti and Maidan, as well as all the Mile 12 Market leaders and government officials, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said contrary to widespread assertion that the recent civil disturbance in the area which led to the loss of lives and property was a fight between Yoruba and Hausa Communities, the truth was that both tribes including Igbos and other ethnic groups have been living and doing business together before the unfortunate incidence.
Also speaking, Bello warned that the government would deal decisively with any group bent on disturbing public peace in the area and any part of the state, just as he urged the leaders to talk to their people to be law abiding and maintain peace.
Source: The PUNCH|Vanguard
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