The Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) has commenced the resettlement of displaced traders at the Ile-Epo market in Lagos State.
The market was recently demolished by the council, for a more befitting structure to meet up with the mega city plan of the state government.
Mr Augustine Arogundade, the Council Chairman, disclosed this on Monday when he paid an inspection visit to the market.
Arogundade said that the council had started resettling the traders after the demolition, to allow them to have access to trading before the new market was ready.
“We don’t want anybody in the streets or on the road hawking or trading. That is why we are providing alternative spaces for them to allow them continue with their trading.
“We have set aside another place for them for trading because we want them to be properly relocated before the new construction starts,’’ he said.
According to him, the LCDA intends to accelerate the whole project within the short period of time, to allow them continue their trading activities, without any disturbance.
The chairman said that the council had met with the stakeholders on two occasions, to deliberate on the way forward for the market.
Mr Chris Onyekachi, the contractor in charge of the project, said that the market construction would be in three phases, to allow the traders have access to open spaces for their trading, as construction is going on in other places.
“We have been trying to ensure another space is provided after the demolition, to allow them continue with their trading, because we will not allow any trading on the expressway.
“So, in the next three to four months, the first phase will be ready, that is why we are not demolishing everything now, to keep them in business.
“In situations like this, there will be some disagreements but we are on top of it to ensure orderliness and peaceful coexistence among the traders,’’ he said.
Alhaji Mukaila Oyinlola, the Babaloja Agbado Oke-Odo, in his remarks, urged the council to consider the traders in the market when the project was ready for allocation.
Oyinlola appealed to the council to always monitor the affairs of the market, pending the time the new one would be completed.
“We are pleased with the orderliness and how our activities here are being considered by the council and the contractor, but they should continue to monitor the activities to allow orderliness in the market,’’ he said.
The project is expected to be completed in eight months.