· Sets a six-point agreement with all traders
Two weeks after a clash between the Hausas and Yorubas that left no fewer than five persons dead in Mile 12 Market, the Lagos State Government has finally re-opened the market on Thursday.
The state government re-opened the market after a series of meeting with the market leaders, traditional rulers in the community and community development association that produce 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 at by the various stakeholders before the state government finally agreed to re-open the market for business again.
The statement noted that the agreement included the relocation of the market to another suitable location as the existing area could no longer contain the traders and ban on the use of commercial motorcycles (okada) 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.”
The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had on March 3, 2016, after a clash after the clash that claimed no fewer five lives shut Mile 12 Market, the biggest food and perishable market in West Africa.
But the governor had directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Olatunji Bello to interface with all parties involved in the conflict that culminated in the wanton destruction of cars and properties.
After a duly negotiated peace deal was brokered by the Bello committee brokered, all the stakeholders addressed a news conference indicating their intention to uphold peace and tranquility in the area.
The stakeholders, which comprise the market leaders, traditional rulers and community associations agreed that it was only in an atmosphere of peace that their various business and trade can thrive.
On this ground, the governor had assured all stakeholders of fair treatment, noting that Lagos “is a home for all. The state government will continue to provide the enabling environment for every investor to thrive. Our promise is to run a 24/7 economy is sacrosanct.”
At the news conference addressed by the stakeholders on Wednesday, Bello warned that the state government would deal decisively with any group or persons bent on disturbing public peace in the area and all parts of the state, just as he urged the leaders to talk to their people to be law abiding and maintain peace.
When asked on compensation for traders and members of the communities who lost items and properties due to the clash and closure of the market, Bello said the state government would look into it and compensate those with genuine claim.