NIGERIA: Traders react as Lagos reopens Ladipo market

Bulldozer demolishing illegal structures at LadipoTWO weeks after the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market, Mushin Local Government Area was shut over violation of the state environmental laws, the Lagos state government, Monday ordered it’s re-opening for normal operations with conditions.

The reopening was announced by the Ministry of the Environment after a tripartite  meeting which had in attendance, the  Chairman, Mushin Local Government, Mr. Babatunde Adepitan, and the Traders’ Association  with conditions which include:
Non-conversion of the drainage Right of Way (RoW) into trading points and mechanic workshops;  Non-conversion of the access roads in the market for trading activities, non-conversion of the shops in the market for residential purposes, no dumping of wastes and vehicle parts into the canal, maintaining the general cleanliness of the market  at all times and Ladipo Central Executive Committee, LACEC, was empowered to ensure same.

Traders’ union boss reacts
The Chairman of the Ladipo Main Market, Mr. Kingsley Ikechukwu, when contacted expressed joy over the action of the government, saying “It has brought a huge relief to us.”

According to Ikechukwu, “We will not be opening the market until tomorrow. (today). What we will be doing now is to contact other traders on the new development, for them to come and commence business tomorrow (today).

“We really thank the government for the gesture. We will abide by the terms of the agreement signed.”

It would be recalled that Governor Babatunde Fashola, in company of his Imo State counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, last Thursday visited the market, where Okoroacha appealed onbehalf of the traders on the need to reopen the market.

But Fashola restated that the market would be re-opened once the identified problems are resolved through a joint effort between the government, traders and their cultural cum political leadership.

The market was shut on the orders of the state government on Monday, February 25, 2013,  following  flagrant abuse of sanitation laws including indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside drainage channels.

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