Update On Sabo Market Closure
Anani Olatunji Idris, Ifeoluwa Ajenifuja with Wale Jagun.
Traders at the popular Ayangbure market in Ikorodu popularly called Sabo market on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, protested the closure of the market by the officials of the Ministry of Environment.
The market was allegedly closed down yesterday over poor hygiene of the market environment, lack of public toilet and car park space.
THE IMPACT gathered from a reliable source within the Ministry of Environment that more attention will be paid to Ikorodu in term of environmental matters following a recent protest by the residents against the poor services being rendered by the LAWMA.
We also gathered that Sabo market has been on the radar of the ministry because of flagrant environmental abuses and the protest by the residents during the last sanitation exercise which compelled the ministry to focus more on Ikorodu environmental situation.
“Sabo market has been on our radar but you know that there is always political factor to what we can do but things are changing. Several warnings have been issued to market but there has been little compliance. The rate of environmental abuses in and around Sabo is something we have to deal with” the source revealed.
THE IMPACT in its May/June 2016 edition with the caption, “Lack of Environment officials Prevents Sanitation Enforcement”, reported the bane of environmental challenges in Ikorodu and the encounter by the Kick Ag ainst Indiscipline (KAI), an arm of the Ministry of Environment with environmental defaulters during the May 2016 sanitation exercise.
But contrary to the reasons adduced by the ministry, a source from the Sabo market alleged that the closure was instigated by the officials of the Ikorodu Local Government who are in disagreement with the marketers’ association over the redevelopment of a portion of the market.
THE IMAPCT gathered that while the marketers have secured a contractor to do the redevelopment of the structure for N300,000, the local government contractor quoted N450,000 for the same work.
This according to report generated serious disagreement between the market officials and the council. It was also gathered that the marketers prevailed and a four-man committee has been setup to meet with the Sole Administrator of Ikorodu Local Government, Mr Gbolahan Ogunleye and resolve the differences.
A senior management official of the Ikorodu Local Government who did not like his name in print confirmed the closure of the market by the Ministry of Environment to THE IMPACT and dismissed the instigation theory by the marketers.
Meanwhile, THE IMPACT gathered that the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, has enjoined the marketers not to take law into their hands and promised to find ways of resolving their problems with the ministry.
Alhaja Risikat Allison, the Iya-Oloja General of Ikorodu speaking with our reporter today at her office inside the Sabo market dismissed the ground on which the market was closed yesterday.
She however admitted that those operating stalls outside Sabo main market are culpable of the ministry’s charges.
Details of her interview later
- Posted in: News