February 3, 2012 PM News **UPDATE**
WORLD NEWS: Lagos, Nigeria, Africa
The Mile 12 Traders Association has pleaded with the Lagos State Government to re-open the market, which it locked up on Wednesday, to allow business activities to resume.
The association’s Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Mohammed, made the plea in Lagos on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“Our farm produce, especially perishable ones such as tomatoes, pepper and potatoes, are going bad and we have lost over N10 million in just one day of the closure and today is yet another day.
“We are appealing to the Lagos State Government, to re-open the market, as a matter of urgency, so that our members and the general public can continue their routine activities at the market. We are ready to comply with all the directives of the state government on the issue,” Mohammed said.
He disclosed that the traders had concluded plans to construct a drainage facility around the market, to allow for free flow of water within and outside the market.
Commenting on the offloading of farm produce at the closed market, Mohammed said that the association got permission from the Lagos State Task Force to allow its members to offload their goods, so that they do not rot inside the trucks.
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**UPDATE** February 5, 2012
The Lagos State Government yesterday directed the immediate reopening of the Mile 12 International food market, Ketu, Lagos; even as it gave six fresh rules to all traders at the market. It threatened that failure to adhere strictly to the conditions would be met with more sanctions.
Commissioner for the Environment Mr Olatunji Bello who gave the order during an on-the-spot assessment of the market which was closed on Tuesday, said the decision to reopen it was to further demonstrate to the people that the government was never against the activities of the traders.
Bello said the market was closed in the first place because of the inconveniences which its activities were constituting to residents, chief of which, he said, were the traffic gridlock that has become a permanent feature on Ikorodu road and the poor hygenic condition of the market.
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