By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
The leadership of Aguiyi Ironsi International Market in Lagos State, popularly known as Ladipo Auto spare Market have been called upon to promote discipline and orderliness in the market.
The Chairman of Mushin Local Government Area of the state, Hon. Olatunde Adepitan, who made the call, said: “It is not to the delight of the local government to see Ladipo market shut regularly; there are traders who depend largely on their daily income to survive in that market. Those who promote indiscipline in the market are fat cats, who can afford to survive for months, if the market is closed. My appeal to the traders is to take the bull by the horn and make Ladipo auto spare market a model.”
According to him, people find it difficult to walk or drive through the market due to indiscriminate parking by customers who throng the market in large number.
’’As the chairman of Mushin Local Government, it is a thing of pride to me if Ladipo market is adjudged the most orderly and clean market in Lagos State. As much as we try to instill discipline in that market, we come across obstacles from the union leaders who had a mind set to work for their personal interest rather than the interest of the larger society.
I am not personally happy that visitors to Mushin go through herculean tasks driving through Ladipo auto spare part market due to indiscriminate parking by customers who throng the market in large number.”
“After the MOU signed between the Lagos State Government, Mushin Local Government and the traders in 2013, I facilitated our traffic officials to enforce the one side parking in the market. We stopped the collection of tolls on the other side of the market and concentrated actions on only the side allowed by all the stakeholders. I am surprised that somebody said the Local Government should be blamed for the rot in the market. Council does not give permission for street trading in Ladipo market neither do we collect money from Hawkers.