Early in the week, there were rumours that the state government partially demolished some parts of the structures for the commencement of full demolition plans by the government.
At a media briefing in his Mushin office, the executive Secretary of the Council, Mr. Jide Bello said:
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has no plan to demolish the market, the local council developer only moved in to take ownership of the market, but we have no plan to demolish the market.”According to Bello, the council’s plan as contained in an agreement earlier reached with the traders, was to redevelop the market in phases with construction lasting for a period of three to five months.
“Therefore, to commence the redevelopment plan, bulldozer of the developer moved in on Tuesday, business activities had continued in the Ladipo market unhindered and the traders are presently at their stalls carrying out their business transactions.”He explained that the Local Government decided to redevelop the market due to its deplorable state, which did not fit into the megacity plans of the state.
He said the Mushin Local Government intended to undertake the development of the market in phases and because of that, had not collected any form of rent from the traders in the market since the beginning of 2015.
He assured traders that current owners of stalls would be given priority as long as they can provide valid ownership papers once the construction is completed.