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Council chair, traders reach agreement on Jakande Fruits market reconstruction

By Amidu Arije

The chairman of Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, Princess Samiat Bada and traders on Jakande Fruits market have reached an agreement for reconstruction of the market to a modern one.

The agreement which was reached at a meeting conveyed by the council boss with leaders of the market in attendance at the council secretariat will see to the successful completion of the reconstruction of the market in 18 months.

Speaking at the meeting, the council boss Princess Bada, expressed appreciation to all the market leaders in attendance for giving peace a chance on the issue of the reconstruction of the market and assured them of early completion.

Given reasons for the necessity of reconstructing the marke, Princess Bada said: The rationale behind the idea to reconstruct the market is borne out of the fact that it has become inevitably necessary to give the fruits market a facelift to make it conform with the mega and smart city status of Lagos state”.

Princess Bada allayed the fears of legitimate traders that they will not be disposed off their shops or stalls on completion of the market, as she said:
“The new Jakande fruits market will be a pride to the traders, the council, Lagos state and Nigeria as a nation. It will be reconstructed to a modern and international standard with all necessary facilities like good road network, standard drainage channels, modern toilet facilities, and parking space provided”.

Princess Bada also informed the traders that the contractor has assured her that it will not be total displacement from the market when the construction works begin in two weeks time.

Mr Chris Onyekachi, the Chief Executive Officer of Total Value Integrated Services, the construction firm handling the rebuilding of the fruits market, buttressed Princess Bada’s statement by explaining to the market leaders that the reconstruction work will be carried out in phases to allow the traders continue with their daily business activities in the market.
He disclosed that the construction work will last for eighteen months.

Speaking on behalf of the traders, the Babaloja of the market, Alhaji Dauda Lambe commended the council mayoress for her sincerity and transparency in the process leading to the final agreement reached on the reconstruction of the market, adding that her intervention gave them the assurance that she meant well for the traders.

He appealed to the contractor to put into consideration the poor financial status of all traders in the market during the reallocation of shops and stalls to them on completion of the new market.
The Babaloja added that the contractor should make the costs of the new shops and stalls very affordable to the traders.

Others in attendance at included the Council Manager, Prince Sunday Olujobi Adegbola, the market, the Iyaloja, Chief Mrs Amope Adesanya and other executives members.

It would be recalled that the immediate past chairman of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, late Engineer Abdul Fatai Oyesanya started the process to reconstruct the Jakande fruits market sometimes in November 2019, but disagreement broke out between the council and the traders, when the contractor deployed bulldozers to the market to commence demolition of parts of the market and it took the intervention of the Lagos State House of Assembly to stop further demolition during a protest made by the traders at the assembly complex in Alausa,Ikeja.

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