The Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government (LASG) recently announced that it had commenced the construction of the new Mile 12 market located at Imota in Ikorodu, Lagos.
LASG embarked on the construction exercise months after it earlier announced that marketers at the existing Mile 12 market, Kosofe would be relocated to a new site in Imota.
When InsideMainland visited the site, construction workers were going about their activities. A worker on site who identified himself as David told our correspondent, “as you can see, work has commenced on the project. We have laid the foundation and done the necessary assessment here.”
On when the new market would be ready for use, the source said “work just started and I don’t have much details on that. You can meet my ‘ogas’ at the Ministry for more comments.”
Meanwhile, residents of the axis who spoke to InsideMainland expressed their fears on the location of the market. The area is majorly populated by Hausas who settled in that part of the community to breed cattles and do other forms of businesses.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a resident of Isiu, a community located few meters from the market said, “the place is too far from the main town. It would be much difficult for people who live far from here to come this far to trade.”
Another resident of Agunfoye Communtity, Adeyinka Olubi said “the government obviously did not plan this project well enough. The market would have been better situated in Ikorodu main town if at all they want to bring the market down to the axis. Why didn’t the government look at places like Irawo, Majidun, or Thomas where there is enough space to erect a market? I hope the place won’t be left without use when it is finally completed.”
However, Mrs. Ajibike on her part said that “the distance doesn’t mean anything. The most important thing is to have a structure in place conducive for trading. If that is sorted out, it is only a matter of time before people get used to the new market.”
Mr. Akinpelu Wale also corroborated Mrs. Ajibike saying “I think the new market would bring a lot of development to Imota and the neighbouring communities. Marketers and other small businesses would benefit from the large number of people that would throng the area because of the new market.”
You would recall that in 2016, the Akinwunmi Ambode led government announced it would relocate traders from the popular Mile 12 Market in Kosofe to a new site in Imota, Ikorodu.
However, the traders are yet to relocate months after the announcement by the government. Concerned parties and other stakeholders cited that with the government yet to complete the new market, one cannot totally rule that out as one of the reasons behind the delay.