*Commence relocation exercise
By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Monsur Olowoopejo
Traders of the popular Mile 12 Market, Wednesday, expressed support for the state government’s plans to ban activities of commercial motorcyclists, popularly called “Okada” from operating within Mile 12 and adjoining communities in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA.
Similarly, the traders also agreed to comply with the governor’s directive on the relocation of the market, even as they commenced plans to identify suitable location for the market, two weeks after the fracas which led to the death of over 10 persons and vandalization of properties worth several millions.
The decision was arrived at the meetings held between the governor and the traders in Alausa, Ikeja, since the closure of the market.
Speaking at a joint media briefing after meeting Ambode, the leadership of the Mile 12 Market, Maidan and Agiliti Community, Alhaji Sheu Usman, financial Secretary of the Market, said that they have decided to work with the state government in achieving its goals.
On the ban of Okoda, Usman said the measure would forestall similar incident in future in the area.
According to him, we have resolved to “ban the use of Okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area because of their flagrant disobedience to the 2012 Lagos Road Traffic Law.
“Also, they cause road accidents in the area. For instance, they were responsible for the breakdown of law and order that predicated the present crisis in our community.
“Shanties and blighted areas within the communities that could harbor miscreants will be removed in order to eliminate illegal activities hoodlums from the community.”
Usman explained that the shanties were illegal structures and unsuitable for human habitation, adding “These areas are prone to landslides and other environmental problems especially flooding. There removal will greatly enhance the security of lives and property in the communities.”
The financial secretary noted that they have agreed to eschew violence and uphold peaceful coexistence in the communities.