Fashola visits shut Ladipo market
By OIasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Sunday, paid unscheduled visit to the Ladipo spare parts market, in Mushin Local Government Area, shut last Monday over violation of environmental law, insisting that the market must be cleaned before same was re-opened.
In addition, he said the traders must sign an undertaken that never again will trading take place on the road or the edges of the canal.
The governor’s visit was to assess the situation of the market, following pleas by the traders and the leadership of the Igbo Council in Lagos State led by Professor Anya O. Anya, who visited the state House, Ikeja last Monday to present the new Council members to the governor.
Fashola, who addressed newsmen and leaders of the market unions, described the state of the market and its environs as “massive degradation of a section of Lagos,” noting that the good thing in the visit was that the traders had seen the lack of caution in their deed, and were ready to make amends.
“It is a massive degradation of a section of Lagos and this is not acceptable. People should not carry on like this. But what is, perhaps, worthy of note is that those who are involved have seen the error of what they had done here and are ready to work with us to clean-up and I have said here that they must take the lead.”
Speaking particularly about the Canal in the market blocked by refuse from the traders, Fashola said: “The blockage of the canal poses a lot of danger and we are expecting heavy rains this year. I don’t want to come back here to pick any dead body. We built the canal and we must make it work by not trading on it or dump refuse in it.
“People told me that they picked engine parts, spare-parts and other things from the canal. It must stop.”
Also addressing the leadership of the Ladipo Auto Dealers’ Association led by its President General, Mr. Ikechukwu Animalu, Fashola made it clear to them that before government will reopen the market, the traders must clean-up the place and put measures in place to ensure that there was no trading on the roads in the market and no reversal to the old situation that led to its closure.