By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Lagos State Government yesterday reopened the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market located in Mushin area of the state.
Daily Sun learnt that the market, which was shut by the government for two weeks as a result of filth at the market, environmental degradation and hooliganism in the market was reopened following the intervention of the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
The Lagos State in reopening the market gave the following conditions: non-conversion of the drainage Right of Way (RoW) into trading points and mechanic workshops, non-conversion of the access roads in the market for trading activities, non-conversion of the shops in the market for residential purposes.
Other conditions are no dumping of wastes and vehicle parts into the canal; maintaining the general cleanliness of the market environment at all times and that Ladipo Central Executive Committee shall be empowered to ensure same.
The market was shut on the orders of the state government on Monday, February 25, following flagrant abuse of sanitation laws including indiscriminate dumping of refuse, engine parts and wares in drainage channels, construction of stalls on drainage alignments, conversion of market roads for trading and blocking access roads with spare parts, derelict and abandoned vehicles, thereby making the network of roads within the market inaccessible to motorists.
In line with the appeal for reopening the market by concerned stakeholders, the state government, Mushin Local Government and the traders’ association agreed on the following conditions that there should be proper security arrangement in the market.
The agreement was signed by the following parties: Mr. Ikechukwu Animalu, president, Ladipo Central Executive Committee, Pastor Steve Paul, secretary of Ladipo Central Executive Auto Dealers’ Association, Chairman, Mushin Local Government, Babatunde Adepitan and Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello represented by Muyideen Akinsanya who is the permanent secretary, Office of Drainage Services in the Lagos State Government.