Lagos traders table demands from president-elect
Market leaders in Lagos State on Wednesday urged the President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and the governor-elect, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, to prioritise issues affecting Nigerian traders.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that their expectations revolved around the enhancement of trading system in the country.
They said that their contribution to the growth and development of the nation’s economy made it imperative for them to be active in governance and economic managment.
Dr Mike Adavize, Chairman, Alabarago Market, said “we urge the governments to do justice to Nigerian populace by involving market leaders in governance so that we can have a say in issues affecting us.
“We urge the incoming governments to also develop infrastructure in markets across the country. Most markets do not have good road networks, accessible portable water and drainage systems.
“We feel cheated and neglected because we are contributing immensely to the economy without commensurate care from the government”.
Mr Femi Odusanya, Public Relations Officer, Mile 12 Perishable Traders Association, urged the President-elect to make agricultural business a priority.
“There should be a paradigm shift from Nigeria being a mono economy to a diversified active economy.
“Agriculture should be given proper attention in the scheme of things so that it can contribute immensely to the country’s GDP.
“We are looking at a situation whereby agriculture can contribute about 30 per cent to the economy in the next four years.
“Mile 12 market is the largest market for perishable items in West Africa. There are several chains of business making millions from servicing this market alone.
“We have the transporters, farmers, service providers and a whole lot of others depending on the smooth running of the markets to survive in their businesses.
“We are also looking at a situation whereby the Federal Government, in collaboration with state governments, can facilitate a single digit interest micro credit loans for traders across Nigeria.
“This will help us all to collectively grow the economy. Food will be available and the cost of living will reduce,” Odusanya said.
Mr Muftua Alli, Vice-President, Iddo Market, also urged the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, to build affordable markets across the state.
“The incoming government should strive to make shops affordable for all traders in the market. The affordability of shops will help to eradicate street trading,” Alli said.
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