The Lagos State government innovative interactive market activation otherwise known as Ibile aimed at strengthening its relationship with the Lagos market community has berthed in Sabo Market in Ikorodu.
Sabo Market in Ikorodu activation last week became the first in the pilot, which will also include Aiyetoro Market, Epe; Sura Market; Lagos Island, Oke-Odo; Alimosho and Alaba International/Rago markets. The event attracted hundreds of traders in Ikorodu where several issues bordering on street trading and hawking, market sanitation, market security and payment of taxes were discussed.
Addressing the traders, the Special Adviser to the governor on Community and Communication, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the event is about bringing Lagos State government closer to the Lagos traders. “It is a form of interaction between Lagos state government and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode educating them about the works and achievement of Lagos state in this past one year in office,” he said.
According to him, “the governor is trying to establish a relationship with the traders via this platform. The impact at the end of the day is that these people will go back home to their wives, friends and relatives and spread this wonderful experience and information they’ve got from here, so that our target to use the market as a point of celebration would have been achieved.”
Bamigbetan added, “We are also using this medium to educate the market men and women about things they should not be doing in the Lagos market.” One of it according to him is to always keep the market clean, and that peoples should not be sleeping in the market. “Another one is the use of electrical appliances in the market; they should make sure they switch everything off before leaving the market, because a lot of market get burnt because of this simple negligence.”