The Mile 12 Traders Association, has pleaded with the Lagos State Government to upgrade the market instead of relocating it to Imota as announced days back. Read here if you missed.
According to Vanguard, the Secretary, Shukurah Yam Market, Mr Collins Obichukwu and the Chairman, Provision and Electronics Section, Chief Sunday Ossai made the plea on behalf of the traders at apress briefing in Lagos yesterday.
According to them, the traders were not consulted before the government made the decision to relocate the market. However, it can be recalled that leaders of the Mile 12 market as well as community leaders had held a meeting with the state government weeks back in Alausa where they reportedly agreed that the market had outgrown its present location and infrastructure. Read here.
Obichukwu yesterday suggested that the government should develop the market into a modern one with functional facilities like it did at Sura, Apongbon and Tejuosho markets with minimum hardship to the traders.
He said the proposed relocation of the market would be at variance with their position during the meeting held with the government when the market was shut.
He said that the traders had earlier agreed with the government that issues bordering on relocation would be subjected to extensive consultation with the stake holders of the market.
According to Ossai the report, which claimed that the traders had agreed to the relocation was false. He alleged that the traders were coerced by the state government to agree to relocation as a condition before the market could be reopened after the bloody clash in the area.
“We agreed under duress because the market had been closed for two weeks.
“We were hungry, our goods were rotting away and we were recording financial losses.
“If the government does not have ulterior motive of converting the market into an estate as it is being speculated, they should develop the market with the necessary infrastructure,” Ossai said.
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