By Ayodele Olakotan |
Change appears to have come to the sleepy community of Imota which lies on the Ikorodu – Epe Road on the outskirts of Lagos. The bustling and extensive Mile 12 Market in Lagos is to be re – located there in a few months.
Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode visited the new site of the market on Tuesday, April 12 and declared that work on the physical infrastructure would commence in a week. “The market will commence in six months,” said Ambode. Already, he has directed the state’s Ministry of Physical Planning to begin work on the location.
The governor would want traditional rulers and other leaders in the area to co-operate with state officials who would work on the development of the market.
Ambode said it was in the interest of all Lagosians that the market be moved. “We are all aware,” he state,” that we had a little crisis at Mile 12 Market in Ketu recently and right here in Imota is the new site that we are relocating the market to.”
That “ little crisis ” alluded to by the governor was the bloody clash that developed out of an accident involving a commercial motorcycle operator and a woman. That clash took little time to blow into a major inter – ethnic crisis between Yoruba and Hausa communities in the market.