Ejigbo Market: Local Council Authorities Edge Out Monarch
The battle for the control of the popular Ejigbo market in Lagos is over. At least ROUND ONE.
The Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) has finally taken full control of the market.
The community monarch, Ojan of Ejigbo, Oba Moruf Adisa Ojoola, and the LCDA had locked horns over who collects fees from traders.
The Oba had been collecting proceeds from the market since it was established a few years ago.
But since the newly elected Local Council Chairmen were sworn in July 2017, the government has been trying to take control of the market.
The Oba’s resistance led to a protest on Monday by traders.
That protest has yielded result as the control of the market is now in the hands of the council.
The council took full control of the market on Wednesday when it commissioned its revenue and tax office within the market for easy monitoring and administration of public affairs.
Previous attempts by the council to have an office in the market were resisted by the Oba.
The LCDA Chairman, Monsurudeen Bello was once assaulted when he led other officials of the council to erect the office structure.
Bounce News gathered that it took the intervention of the Commissioners for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Home Affairs in the state, Salawu Folami and Abdul Lateef Abdul Hakeem before the matter was resolved.
Addressing traders at the commissioning if the office, Bello gave some assurance of orderliness and fair administration.
He promised to construct another entrance into the market to ease the flow of human traffic.
With regards to market levy payment by the traders, Bello warned the market men and women not to make payment to anyone who fails to put on the revenue officers’ uniform.
To make room for orderliness and accountability, he advised the traders to walk into the revenue office and pay to the officers and collect their printed pay slips.
"No more exploitation by the Kabiyesi and his chiefs," one trader said.
The Oba, who is preparing to celebrate his 20th year on the throne, has told Bounce News on phone that he was one of those who invested and developed the market over the years and would not do anything to disrupt activities in his community.
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