The Lagos State Government has denied reports that it plans to demolish the popular car spare part market located in Mushin Local Government Area of the state. Speaking on Wednesday, June 1, 2015, the Executive Secretary of the local government, Mr. Jide Bello, said that business activities went on at the Ladipo market without any form of hindrance from the state government.
Bello added that the council decided to redevelop the market, which has become an eyesore due to the unwholesome activities of some of the traders and the degradation of the surrounding, an outcome that is not in tandem with the mega city posture of the state.
He said the Mushin Local Government Area intended to undertake the development of the market in phases and because of that, had not collected any form of rent from the traders in the market since the beginning of 2015.
The local government authorities claimed that it convened several meetings with the leaders of the various associations in the market towards ensuring that the private developer would begin the phased development of the market.
However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the market, Kanayo Okonkwo said that there was no notice to prepare the traders beforehand. “They didn’t tell us anything. I don’t know where they want us to go. We don’t have other shops. Assuming they gave us some kind of notice, we would know what to do, we came today to sell but found a lock on the gate.”
Bello said, however, that there would be no going back on the decision of the council to redevelop the Ladipo market to meet the mega city status of Lagos, assuring all traders in the market that Mushin remained a home to the stakeholders.