By Bose Adelaja
Lagos—Traders in Ajah Ultra Modern Market, in Etiosa Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of Lagos State, have protested blockage of two access roads to the market at Ajah Rounabout.
The aggrieved traders, who however commended the state government for ongoing construction of perimeter fence and Pedestrians’ Bridge at Ajah roundabout, lamented that the projects had obstructed the access roads to the market, thereby crippling their businesses.
They appealed to Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to open the access roads and the pedestrians’ bridge in the area.
According to the market leaders, the traders had written series of letters to the appropriate authorities in the state concerning their plight to no avail, threatening to continue the protest until government addressed their concerns.
One of the traders, who identified himself as Nwachukwu Richard, said he had been at the Ultra Modern Market for the past 15 years, said the present situation was negatively affecting his business and that of others.
He said, ‘’My wife and four children rely on this business but things are no longer the same, as patronage has stopped and customers can no longer access this market,”
Another trader Madam Ibudu Prisca, said, ‘’the government did not take us into consideration before embarking on the projects and this has brought untold hardship to us; We pay as much as N250,000/shop annually but nothing to show for it as all our customers now shop elsewhere The government should come to our aid,”