Alade traders appeal against demolition of market
Traders at the Alade Market, Ikeja, Lagos, have appealed against the planned demolition of the one-stop shopping market by the Local Government authorities.
The traders, during a protest match to the State House, Alausa, said the demolition exercise would displace over 1,000 traders resident in the market.
The protesters, numbering about 100, appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to help intervene in the development.
The 30-year-old market is one the most patronized shopping arcades in the state, especially given the variety of traders, from jewelry and clothing shops, to Bureau de change and pepper sellers, all occupying the complex.
It was gathered that the local council authorities had concluded plans to relocate the traders to a site closer to the Allen Avenue canal where 120 makeshift shops (a figure that represent one per cent of the traders) was constructed for the traders.
Some of the protesters accused the Iyaloja of the market, Elizabeth Adenuga, of conniving with officials of the council, for the planned demolition without carrying them along, saying “we got wind of the planned demolition on May 18, 2015 through a letter from the council demanding that each trader pays N150,000 as relocation fee.”
President of the Concerned Traders, Sulola Odunsi-Dania, said the council authority had initially made the move to displace them and demolish the market in 2003 but the state government denied any knowledge of the planned demolition.