The Mile 12 Traders Association on Wednesday, appealed to the Lagos State Government not to relocate the market to Agbowa on the old Ikorodu-Ijebu road.
The association’s Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Mohammed, told the newsmen in Lagos that the appeal became necessary because of the market’s importance to the West African region.
Mohammed debunked the allegation that trading activities in the market impeded vehicular movement on the Mile 12-Ikorodu road.
“Traffic is everywhere in Lagos. It is a known challenge that is facing the city and the location of the market should not be blamed for this. Traffic is everywhere,” he said.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, had said at a stakeholders’ forum that the popular Mile 12 foodstuff market would soon be relocated.
Ayinde said the relocation was part of government’s plan to make Lagos a mega city and make way for free-flow of traffic along the Ikorodu-Mile 12 axis.
Mohammed claimed that at no time was the market responsible for traffic congestion in the area.
He listed the causes gridlock to large population, high number of private cars, pedestrians crossing highways instead of using the pedestrian bridge and refusal of commercial drivers to adhere to traffic rules.
He said that though the association had yet to receive notice of relocation, the market employed 100 quasi-traffic men to assist government officials in controlling traffic.
“The major challenge on this route is the commercial bus drivers. They stop, pick and drop passengers arbitrarily, when the traffic officials caution them against such act, they disobey and fight,” he said.
Femi Odusanya, the association’s Public Relations Officer, said eradicating lawlessness among commercial bus drivers and a proactive traffic enforcement agency would eliminate gridlock in the metropolis.
He said, “The business influence of the market spans beyond the border of Nigeria. Traders from all parts of West Africa come to Mile 12 to buy foodstuff.”
Don’t relocate Mile 12 Market, traders beg LASG.
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