In the aftermath of the Lagos State Government’s demolition of the second biggest condiments market in Ile – Epo market in Abule Egba, Lagos Mainland, more revelations have emerged on why the government ordered the demolition of the market.
Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported how heavily armed policemen, Lagos State Task Force officials and other security officials stormed the market at about 7:00 am in the morning with the government officials pulling down the structures with bulldozers.
The traders in the market at the time struggled to gather their wares to avoid it getting stuck in the demolition.
Speaking on why the government ordered the demolition of the market, the Managing Director, Total Value Integrated Limited, Chris Onyekachi, the agency contracted to develop a new structure on the space said the traders were given 18 months notice to vacate the market for redevelopment. He noted that while some had left the market, others refused to do so.
“We had given them nothing short of 18 months notice to leave the market. Many of them have packed out while some remained. We came here around 7:30am for the demolition. We have given them an alternative place in the market.
“We are not demolishing the whole market now. We are doing it in three phases,” he said, adding that the market was an eyesore not befitting a mega city like Lagos.
Onyekachi added that change was always hard to come by and that people would normally resist such adding that in the end, it would be for the good of all.
Meanwhile, the developer said the first phase of the market redevelopment would be completed between three and four months.
He stated that on completion, the market will have a banking hall, police post, car park, a garage where trailers would offload their wares, fire station, among others.
It was gathered that the redevelopment project was awarded to the investor, Total Value Integrated Limited, the company that will redevelop the market within 12 months from the commencement of construction. The developer is committing about N2 billion to redevelop the market.