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Work Begins Next Week On New Mile 12 Market – Ambode

Posted: Apr 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Ejikeme Omenazu
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, on Tuesday inspected the new Imota site proposed for the relocation of the popular Mile 12 Market, assuring that work would commence on the site next week.
Ambode, 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 (SEC), 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.
There was a major crisis at the present location of the Mile 12 Market recently, leading to bloody clashes between motorcyclists popularly known as ‘okada’ riders and traders in the market.
The governor then closed the market and restricted movement in the areas temporarily to allow tempers to cool.
He, however, reopened the market, banning commercial motorcyclists within the area, while he also announced that the popular market would be moved to another location.
Ambode, during the Tuesday inspection, expressed optimism that the relocation would 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.
“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.
“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.