Work to Commence On New Mile 12 Market Next Week

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday, 12th of April, 2016, inspected the new Imota site, proposed for the relocation of the popular Mile 12 Market, where he assured that work will commence on the site next week.

The Governor who was accompanied on the inspection visit by top officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and members of the State Executive Council said the relocation of the market became necessary following the recent clash in the area, just as he directed the Ministry to move to site and commence work on the market immediately.

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He however expressed optimism that the relocation will drive commerce and investment into the Imota area, urging residents to gear up to receive the vast number of visitors that will visit  the market.

“We are all aware that we had a little crisis at Mile 12 Market in Ketu recently and here is the new site that we are relocating Mile 12 Market to.

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“So, our new commodities market would take off from here and so I like to give the Ministry of Physical Planning the directive to commence activities here within the next one week. We believe that if we start within the next seven days, within the next six months, Mile 12 Market Ketu will be a thing of the past.

“We are committed to doing this. We know it is in the interest of all Lagosians that we relocate Mile 12 Market. The marketers themselves have agreed; the onus is now on us to ensure that we deliver this new market within the next six months.

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“I want to appeal to people in Imota that you will be having new set of investors; new set of traders and then new set of tenants. You should be very accommodating because we are bringing a whole lot here,” he said.

Governor Ambode also assured residents that the State Government will consider the possible expansion of the road network around the market and connecting the Ikorodu and Epe area, saying the relocation of the Mile 12 Market as well as the Oko Baba Sawmill Market to the axis will have multiplier effect on the Lagos economy.

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“We are on our way to Agbowa now. We intend to relocate Oko Baba Market in Ebutte Metta to Agbowa and so this axis will be a big axis for commerce, for employment and then for prosperity and that is what we want for the rest of Lagos,” he said.

A lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Nurudeen Saka-Solaja, expressed gratitude to the Governor for the proposed relocation of the Mile 12 Market to Imota, just as he urged the government to commence the project in earnest.

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Also speaking, the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Adeniyi Agoro, thanked Governor Ambode for considering the area for such laudable projects, assuring that the residents will cooperate with the government to ensure the success of the projects.

Mile 12 Market Re-Opened Mile 12 Market, Bans Street Trading In Market Environs

Mile 12 Market Re-Opened Mile 12 Market, Bans Street Trading In Market Environs

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday approved the immediate re-opening of Mile 12 Market which was shut following a violent clash which led to loss of lives and property.

The Governor, in a statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to re-open the market followed satisfactory meeting and agreement reached with all the stakeholders involved in the operation of the Mile 12 Market.

Ayorinde added that the re-opening was also as a result of the outcome of the stakeholders meeting held between the Market Men/Women, traditional leaders in the Agiliti and Maidan communities, residents and Community Development Association (CDA).

The Commissioner said as part of measures aimed at bringing sanity into the market, the government and the market leaders have agreed that henceforth, all activities relating to the market shall be confined within the market area, and that street trading would no longer be allowed in the area.

The Commissioner added that it was further agreed trading activities in the market would henceforth be carried out in a clean and hygienic environment.

According to Ayorinde, other major agreements arrived with a consensus amongst the various stakeholders include: “Relocation of the Market to another suitable location as the existing market can no longer contain the traders; ban on the use of Commercial Motorcycles (Okada Riders) in the area; peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups in the Market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the Market area.”

Ayorinde further said that the stakeholders agreed that it is only in an atmosphere of peace and co-existence that their various business and trade can thrive.

He assured that Lagos is a home for all, and the State Government will continue to provide the enabling environment for every investor to thrive, as the promise of the Governor to run a 24/7 economy is sacrosanct.

Governor Ambode had shut the market on March 3, 2016, after a clash between residents and Okada operators in the Mile 12 area.

Lagos, Community Leaders, Traders Agree On Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

Lagos, Community Leaders, Traders Agree On Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

Realizing the strong need to move the popular Mile 12 Market from its present location, community leaders and traders in the area on Wednesday agreed with the plan of the State Government to relocate the market to another suitable and more convenient location within the state.

The leaders and traders also consented to the ban on use of commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area.

The community leaders said the decision became imperative owing to the fact that the Mile 12 Market which had been in existence for decades has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with government.

While addressing a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the traders and community leaders said they were in total support of the ban on Okada because of the flagrant disobedience to traffic laws by the riders and the frequent road accidents which had resulted in many deaths and left many hospitalized.

Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, Alhaji Shehu Usman, who addressed the briefing alongside other leaders of the market, 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 in the area in peace before the ugly incident.

He said: “This mayhem is highly regrettable and we wish to extend our condolences to those that lost their loved ones and properties in the fracas. We wish to reiterate here that we the joint leaders of the affected communities and our members out-rightly condemn this kind of barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms.

“We also wish to express our gratitude to the State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his prompt response in dispatching the men of the State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and other security agencies to quell the mayhem and bring the situation under control,” Usman said.

He added that the joint leaders of the area specifically agreed with government on four measures to be adopted going forward which included ban on Okada operations in the area, relocation of Mile 12 Market, peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups and removal of all shanties and blighted areas within the area which may be harbouring miscreants and eliminate their illegal activities.

He said: “These shanties are illegal structures which are unsuitable for human habitation and are prone to landslides and other environmental problems (e.g flooding). The removal of the shanties will greatly enhance the security of lives and properties in the neighbourhood.”

Besides, Usman said the market executives would dialogue with the state government on the relocation programme which would help increase the economic growth and development, provide better infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion.

The briefing was 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.

Also speaking, Bello warned that government would deal decisively with any group or persons bent on disturbing public peace in the area and all parts of the state, just as he urged the leaders to talk to their people to be law abiding and maintain peace.

On relocation of the market, Bello said the State Government will finalise on the new location and time frame when the traders will be relocated, saying that the public will be adequately notified in due course.

When asked on compensation for traders and members of the communities who lost items and properties due to the clash and closure of the market, Bello said government will look into it and compensate those with genuine claim.