Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has disclosed that efforts are ongoing to move the popular Mile 12, Ketu market to a new location in December.
Ambode said the decision to relocate the market and other adjoining market within the area was necessitated by the stress encountered by traders transporting their merchandise into the ever busy emporium.
The governor also reiterated on his commitment to open the 32 metric tonnes rice mill for operation come February 2019.
He made the annoucement while inspecting Imota Light Industrial Park in Ikorodu Local Government Area and other ongoing projects within the axis.
Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya said: “We are moving everyone from that axis because their activity is causing gridlock on the road. The car park we have here can accommodate over 1,000 vehicles. The aim is to make the axis a market hub, that is, whenever one visit here, he doesn’t need to go elsewhere.
“Based on what we have done, we are looking at October this year. Meanwhile, the relocation of the traders would occur before end of the year.
“As against their present location, the number of stalls we would be providing here is over 3,000. And the reason for this is to accommodate the huge number of traders we are relocating here,” he added.
Akinsanya further stated that the government had had a meeting with the traders last week and they have expressed their willingness to relocate here.
He however, noted that the completion of the project would aid their relocation, while adding that the new location, tagged Timber Ville, “Is conducive and better than their present location. They have various facilities that would aid their businesses.”
Speaking on the rice mill, the commissioner stressed that the project, when completed, would become the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to him, the aim behind the project, which was improved from 16 metric tonnes to 32 metric tonnes, was strategic in order to boost food security in the state.
Akinsanya said the, “Industrial park will be completed possibly before the end of the year while the rice mill which would serve the entire South West would be completed by February 2019.”
He added that the state government was bent on delivering their promises by completing the projects without delay, “We will ensure that it is fulfilled,” he stated.