Mile 12 Traders Count Loses As Trading Normalcy Returns | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Mile 12 Traders Count Loses As Trading Normalcy Returns

mile 12
Posted: Mar 19, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The highly anticipated re-opening of troubled Mile 12 market that was shut following a violent clash, which led to the loss of lives and property, was put to rest on Thursday as traders  troop to their shops as well as count their loses in swift reaction to the re-opening order.

Mrs. Modupe Akipkelu in a chat with Independent, said the re-opening directive was long expected as she has lost over N30, 000.00 to her inability to sell her farm produce that got rotten within the period.

“I am glad that Governor Ambode has re-opened our market. This is because I have lost over N30, 000.00 for my inability to sell my farm products that were lock inside my store.

“It is unfortunate that I was unable to take all my products out of the market when the crisis started, and as a result the perishable products got wasted,” she added.

Alhaji Saudeeq Mohammed, a ram seller, in a chat with Independent, disclosed that he has lost his customers to other ram dealers in Ketu over the crisis.

On the loses within the period, Mohammed said: “I have lost over N70,000.00 to my competitors in Ketu market because my ram that I took to Oshodi market are still there because I do not have customers to buy them.”

Also, Mrs. Funke Adelaja in a chat with our correspondent said: “I have lost over N80, 000.00 to this avoidable crisis. I do not know what to do because as soon as the crisis started hoodlums capitalise on it to steal my products.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to Lagos State Government to support us so that such sad event does not occur again,” she added.

It would be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday approved the immediate re-opening of Mile 12 market that was shut following a violent clash which led to the loss of lives and property.

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

The Governor, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to re-open the market followed an 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, as well as residents and Community Development Association, CDA.

According to Ayorinde, other major agreements arrived at, with the consensus of 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 among all ethnic groups in the Market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the Market area.”