The popular Alade Market in Ikeja is to be closed down by October.
According to This Day Newspaper, a 16-man committee was entrusted with the responsibility of relocating the traders.
The Ikeja Local Government and Concessionaire of the Market as well as the Market Women and Men Organisation had agreed on the ultimatum.
The meeting involving all the concerned parties was presided over by The Executive Secretary of Ikeja Local Government Area, Hon. Adekunle Adeokun.
Nevertheless, Hon. Adekunle Adeokun pointed out that there are still some adamant trader who have refuse to move. He told This Day Reporters that:
“They are still resisting our plan to redevelop Alade Market to the true status of Africa’s model megacity despite all we have put in place to ensure their successful relocation.”
He also claimed that the shop owners have been advised to quit within a period of two months. The concerned traders are not owners of shops in the market. They simply rent shops from the shop owners. So, they cannot stop us from redeveloping the Alade Market.
“We have waited for five years. We agreed to build 200 more shops to accommodate all legal traders in the alternative market. We plan to reconstruct two roads to avoid traffic congestion in the area within the time frame. We have agreed to build a bridge that enable customer and traders to enter and exit the market from Oregun road.”