#BounceExclusive: Did Ambode Forget To Relocate Mile12 Market?
Mile 12 market is the biggest and most populous food stuffs venue in Lagos state.
It is where all trucks and trailers loaded with farm produce from other states in the country arrive and offload.
The market has been in the Kosofe area of Lagos for over four decades and customers march there despite its unclean environment to buy at wholesale prices.
The Lagos State government, since the Babatunde Fashola administration, has been planning to relocate the market to Imota.
For many years, the market has become a nuisance to motorists and commuters with endless gridlocks and a very irritating stench.
Recently, the situation was cushioned by the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ikorodu highway Lagos state authorities.
In March 2016, an ethnic clash between Yorubas and Hausas inside the market left no fewer than five people dead, prompting the current administration of Akinwumi Ambode to reiterate plans relocate the market.
17 months after, Bounce News wonders if the governor forgot his promise.
“Right here now is the new site (Imota) that we are relocating Mile 12 Market to. So, our new commodity market would take off from here, and so I like to give the Ministry of Physical Planning the directive to commence activities here within the next one week. We are committed to doing this.
“We know it is in the interest of all Lagosians that we relocate Mile 12 Market here. The marketers themselves have agreed; the onus is now on us to ensure that we deliver this new market within the next six months,” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was quoted as saying by Vanguard during a visit to the proposed new site on April 12, 2016.
The 'August' Visitor From Kano
Mile 12 market is still up and running.
In May 2017, Kano State governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje visited Ambode at the secretariat in Alausa, reports suggest issues about the market may have been discussed.
A visit by Bounce News to the site of the proposed new market at Imota, Ikorodu North Local Government on Wednesday, shows it is either the government has shelved its plans permanently or it will not happen in the current administration.
Though there were workers and two tractors on ground, it appears they still have a long way to go to make the place of usable standard for a Mega abd Smart city like Lagos.
Bounce News also visited the Mile 12 market and found out it was business as usual.
A chat with some sellers indicate that they are not willing to relocate.
“We like here because we are used to it and it is closer to people than where they say they are relocating the market to,” said Aminu, who sells tomatoes.
For a middle-aged woman, simply identified as Iya Shina, the plan to relocate the market is unnecessary. She said Mile 12 is popular because of the market, and if there are security or other challenges, it is not peculiar to the market alone.
“They should leave us here, Imota is too far, how can we afford transport fare to and from the place on a daily basis, how much are we making from the pomo we are selling? She queried.
The state government may still be nurturing plans to move the market away from Mile, but one thing is sure – it has failed on the deadline set in October 2016.