The favored Ikosi-Ketu Fruit Market in Ketu space of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria was on Friday demolished to pave manner for a contemporary market within the space.
The Ikosi-Isheri Native Council Growth Space, LCDA, has awarded the reconstruction of the dilapidated market to Complete Worth Built-in Service Restricted, which is committing about N2.eight billion for reconstruction.
Round 10.00am on Friday, two bulldozers, escorted by policemen, largely from job pressure stormed the market to make sure that there was no resistance in the course of the demolition.
There was preliminary resistance from touts available in the market who hauled bottles on the police. The police responded by taking pictures sporadically within the air to scare away the touts and in addition shot a number of canisters of teargas to disperse merchants unwilling to go away the market.
Some merchants, who had been available in the market earlier had been capable of rescue a few of their wares, however others weren’t so fortunate as they had been prevented from gaining entry into the market to salvage their wares.
Among the merchants lamented that they had been knowledgeable typically in the past concerning the demolition, however mentioned they weren’t knowledgeable a day previous to the knocking down of their retailers.
One of many native Coordinators of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, within the space, Adebowale Adetona mentioned they had been knowledgeable some weeks in the past that they had been coming to demolish the market, however that they didn’t notify them of the most recent growth.
However Chris Onyekachi, Managing Director, Complete Worth Built-in Service Restricted, when contacted instructed newsmen that the merchants had been giving sufficient discover to vacate the marketplace for redevelopment, including that collection of conferences had been held with the merchants union, conventional rulers and council members on the proposed reconstruction of the market.
“We gave them notice three weeks ago which has expired and we gave them another seven days notice to move their wares to other areas of the market. They are aware,” he mentioned.
“We held conferences with the Iya Olojas, Baba Olojas and we agreed on the mode of demolition. Some people kicked against it and because we would like peace to reign, we met with the obas and we noticed explanation why the market needs to be reconstructed. Some miscreants don’t need the redevelopment. We aren’t occupied with chasing people away from the market. Those that owns store earlier can be thought of first in re-allocation at a reduced charge.
“We wish to improve the market to fulfill the Lagos mega metropolis commonplace and we’re doing it in phases. We is not going to shut the entire market. The event can be in 4 phases and the market occupies 25 acres. We now have 18 month period to rebuild the market and we’ll make investments about N2.eight billion within the reconstruction. The reconstruction of the primary part will start in January,” he mentioned.