Disturbed by the continuous traffic gridlock caused by traders displaying wares on the roads, the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has threatened to shut down the popular Agbado Oke Odo market, issuing a 7days warning to traders to desist henceforth from trading on the road.
This was disclosed at a meeting held with leaders of the Agbado Oke-Odo Market in Ikeja, yesterday June 28 2017. The Governor said that the activities of the traders had reached a level which the State Government could no longer condone, hence the need for a final warning.
The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside causing avoidable traffic, the traders were also in the habit of dumping their waste on the road, thereby causing environmental and health hazards.
“This is just to come and deliberate on the Agbado Oke-Odo Market because of the situation there. The market has become a stumbling block particularly to those using the road. The traders have blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to the extent that even the contractors working there don’t have place to work because they have taken over the area. They cause a lot of traffic gridlock and people coming from Ota or from Abule Egba don’t have access to the road to connect other areas of the State. We have warned them consistently but we are yet to get any result. That is why we have summoned today’s meeting to call the traders to order and give them the last warning. The idea initially was to shut down the market today but the Governor decided that we should give them just one week to put things in order”.
Responding on behalf of other traders, the Babaloja of Araromi Agbado Oke-Odo, Mukaila Oyinlola, said that as market leaders they have warned the defaulting traders to desist, but their warnings have fallen on deaf ears, adding that the resolve of government was a welcome development.
Also, the Iyaloja Araromi Oke-Odo Market, Dupe Shonola, and Babaloja General of Agbado Oke-Odo Market, Abiodun Kosoko, urged the government to make examples of the perpetrators of the illegal act, while also calling for the expansion and modernization of the market.