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Lagos set to relocate traders at Festac Gates

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Musiliu Folami has disclosed that the State Government will soon relocate all the traders from Festac Gates One, Two and Three to a more conducive environment within Festac Town.

The Commissioner stated this on Thursday at a meeting with market men and women from Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, saying the gates are not designated as market places, in addition, they are also being used as a base by criminals and evil minded individuals to perpetuate their heinous crimes on residents in the area.

He assured that, the present administration would do everything in its power to protect and secure the lives and properties of all residents as well as ensure that every part of the State is safe and secured to live.

The Commissioner also said that, apart from the market location being on an international route to the neighbouring countries, the presence of the market contributes to the gridlock on the highway which hoodlums capitalise on to rob law abiding citizens during traffic congestion.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Deaconess Dupe Ajibola-Ojodu said she is happy that the State Government has good plans for all the traders in the area, adding that, the planned relocation of the market by the present administration to a better and conducive environment will be of enormous benefit to the traders in the long run.

Responding on behalf of other traders, the Babaloja General, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Alhaji Bolaji GbolahanYussuf commended the government for the initiative, saying that, they are ready to support the Government in developing the State.

He, however, noted that considering the high number of the traders and buyers who have been doing their businesses in the market, they would prefer being relocated to a closer place that will be conducive and safe for their businesses.

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