Ambode Threatens To Shut Popular Ile-Epo Market
Governor Ambode has set his eyes firmly on a Mega City and anything act capable of retarding successes recorded so far will be prohibited and culprits punished.
Traders at the popular Ile-Epo commodity market in Agbado Oke-Odo area of Alimosho have a chance at redemption.
He warned traders in the habit of displaying their wares on the road beyond the confines of the market to desist as government would act drastically to arrest offenders.
The side market is causing traffic gridlock and other environmental hazards especially indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Ambode, who handed down the warning on Wednesday at a meeting with leaders of Agbado Oke-Odo Market at Lagos House in Ikeja, said the activities of the traders who were in such habit had reached a level which the State Government could no longer condone.
He said: “This is just to come and deliberate on the Agbado Oke-Odo Market because of the situation there. The market has become a stumbling block particularly to those using the road. The traders have blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to the extent that even the contractors working there don’t have place to work because they have taken over the area.
“They cause a lot of traffic gridlock and people coming from Ota or from Abule Egba don’t have the road to connect other areas of the State. We have warned them consistently but we are yet to get any result. That is why we have summoned today’s meeting.
“The meeting is basically to call them to order and give them the last warning. The idea initially was to shut down the market today but the Governor decided that we should give them just one week to put things in order.
“The leaders of the market must sit up and look at how to help government because we cannot say because we are trading, we should inconvenience people who go to work from Abule Egba to Lagos Island for instance and to other places and they have to spend hours on that road just because of the activities of the traders.
“This warning to Agbado Oke-Odo traders also applies to other markets in the State. Any market where their traders are blocking the road and constituting menace to others will be shut down till further notice,” the governor threatened.