Steve Ayorinde
Mr. Steve Ayorinde

By Gboyega Akinsanmi

Exactly one fortnight after a clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders that claimed no fewer than five lives in Mile 12 Market, the Lagos State Government finally re-opened the market on Thursday.

The state government re-opened the market after a series of meetings with the market leaders, traditional rulers in the community and community development associations that produced a six-point consensus.

This was contained in a statement the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, issued a day after the market and community leaders publicly agreed to the six-point consensus.

The statement therefore said the re-opening was as a result of the outcome of the Stakeholders meeting held between the market men/women, traditional rulers in the community, residents and community development association.

It reeled out some of the major agreements arrived with a consensus amongst the various stakeholders before the state government finally agreed to re-open the market for business again.

The statement noted that the agreement included relocation of the market to another suitable location as the existing market can no longer contain the traders and ban on the use of commercial motorcycles (okada riders) in the area.

It also emphasised co-existence among “all ethnic groups in the market and environs; removal of all shanties and illegal structures in the area; market operation to be confined within the area and that no street trading and with the promise to trade in a clean and hygienic environment.