The huge vegetable market that dominates the Agility-Mile 12 area for decades is about to come to an end. The market traders and other stake holders of the Mile 12 market today agreed to the relocation of the market as proposed by the Lagos State Government.
This was revealed at a news briefing held in Alausa today March 16, 2016. The briefing was attended by Baales and community leaders from Agiliti and Maidan, as well as all the Mile 12 Market leaders, and government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.
The community leaders said it has become necessary to relocated the Mile 12 Market which had been in existence for decades and has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with Government.
The traders and community leaders also agreed to the total ban on Okada in the area because of frequent road accidents which had resulted in many deaths and left many hospitalized.
Speaking at the briefing, the Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, Alhaji Shehu Usman said the joint leaders of the community specifically agreed with government on four measures to be adopted going forward which includes; Ban on Okada operations in the area, Relocation of Mile 12 Market, Peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups and Removal of all Shanties and Blighted areas within the area which may be harbouring miscreants and eliminate their illegal activities.
Also speaking, the secretary to the Lagos State Government Mr Tunji Bello warned that the government would deal decisively with any group or persons bent on disturbing public peace in the area and the entire Lagos state. He also said the public will be adequately informed on the new location and when the traders will relocate.
When asked on compensation for traders and members of the communities who lost their wares and other valuables during the clash and closure of the market, Bello said the Government will look into it and compensate those with genuine claim.