Trucks and lorries transporting food items from different parts of the country to Lagos have resumed off-loading at the Mile 12 Market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Findings at the market showed that hefty loaders were off-loading bags of onions, baskets of tomatoes, peppers and yams from the trucks within the market.
Mr Abdul Mohammed, Secretary, Mile 12 Market Perishable Goods Traders’ Association, said that normal trading activities had resumed in full swing, after the place was reopened on March 17.
NAN reports that the market was closed on March 4, following the civil unrest caused by motorcycle operators popularly known as ‘Okada’ riders, in the area.
“Trucks have started coming to the market the way it used to before the closure on March 4.
“You can see the trucks off-loading and when they are done, they will leave another set will come in.
“Once this place is full, trucks will park outside Lagos, until those that are off-loading must have finished and moved out.
“Then, other trucks are called to come in and off load.
This is the way it is being done before,” he said.
According to him, offloading of the trucks starts between 3.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m. and ends at 6.00 p.m., every day.
The market official said that the trucks at times had between eight and 10 loaders, while the goods might belong to no fewer than 20 traders in the market.
Mohammed said that it was not possible for trucks and lorries not to head to the Mile 12 market to off load, now that the issue that led to the closure had been resolved.
“This will result in additional cost on transportation.
“Hiring another vehicle to bring the goods to the market from a nearby location will definitely add to the already high cost,’’ he said.
Mohammed said that the clash that led to the closure happened outside the Mile 12 Market perimeter fencing.
According to the official, the commercial motorcycle operators that caused the crises are not a part of the market.
He said that there was still heavy police presence in the areas where the trouble erupted, to ensure that law and order prevail.