Trouble In Ladipo Market As Government Issues Final Eviction Notice
When you go to Ladipo spare parts market in Lagos, you will spend some time trying to find your way.
Even Google map cannot help.
It is not because the streets around there are not properly labelled, but because human traffic has become a daily occurrence, as the roads have been narrowed.
Now, some persons in Ladipo Market may have to find another space for their spare parts or they stand a chance of losing them.
They have occupied the Federal Government’s Right of Way, setting up shops by the road side and now the government is saying enough is enough.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, on Tuesday issued final eviction warning to auto spare parts dealers trading on its Right of Way (RoW).
While inspecting the Ladipo Market, he warned spare parts dealers who displayed their wares on the road set back to desist from the act and trade only inside the market.
He also warned auto mechanics using the highway in front of the market as workshops to vacate immediately to avoid being victims of government’s action.
Kuti said that the traders usually used their wares to block the highway and engaged in street trading, thereby creating obstruction and causing gridlock.
“We are just recovering our RoW. We are not here to disturb anybody’s business but individual businesses should not disturb other road users.
“The road is not part of the market. The market is right inside; go inside and transact business,’’ he said.
Kuti said that the ministry had served earlier notices on the traders to vacate the RoW and was giving them a final warning before government would move in to enforce sanctions.
“We are not here to disturb anybody’s business. The road is not for trading; they should go into the market to do transactions,’’ he said.
The President-General of the Ladipo Central Executive Auto Dealers Association (LACEC), Mr Jude Nwankwo, promised that the association was going to ensure total compliance by its members.
“We have promised to comply and there must be free flow of traffic here,’’ he said.
Nwankwo said that the association was going to shut down the market on Friday till noon to clean it in order to address sanitation concerns raised by the controller’s team.
He appealed to the Lagos State Government to construct a pedestrian bridge and car park for the market operators to save lives and reduce hardship on road users and customers to the market.
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