The traders of Marogbo along Badagry Expressway are still counting their losses since the demolition of their market few weeks ago by men of Lagos task office. For most of them, their platform of source of income has been dashed and all hope seems lost.
The Marogbo market has an estimate of about 300 stalls, which was demolished.
A draper who preferred to be called “D-Koko” stated that individuals demolished the market with the presence of armed men because they (traders) refused to move to “Owolowo” market plaza beside Marogbo garage which is a stone throw from where they were. Reason for the reluctance according to D-Koko was the cost of acquiring a shop the plaza- N2million per lock shop. He further stated that the owner of the plaza bribed landowners (omo-onile) of various stalls in order to demolish the market forcing them to buy the lock-up shop which he, “D-Koko” said is too expensive and could not be afforded by most of them.
Adebukola Omoseni, a daughter of a pepper seller said they had been notified for about 6 months about the demolition but could not move because of insufficient funds to buy the lock-up shops beside them. She further stated that this has caused her mother pain because she doesn’t know her fate of getting money to feed her family and to pay for school fees.
A fruit seller, simply known as ‘Mama Nonso,’ said they were not notified about demolition but were caught unaware, arguing that even if the market was to be demolished, it shouldn’t be at such critical time when people are planning managing to survive. “As it is now, I don’t know how to start all over after losing all I had to the demolition. At least, I was boasting of N150,000 before the demolition and I was doing relatively well at the home front but now, how do I start all over with six children to feed,” she asked.
Meanwhile, traders in the plaza urged the traders of the demolished market to the plaza. Mrs. Yetunde Peters, a plastic product dealer said the plaza is safer place to be than the market place.
On the other hand, Mutiat Adegboyega, a sales girl said that sales are not booming due to the fact that all customers tends to notice the goods of those traders in the stalls faster than they in the plaza, she therefore wished all traders moved into the plaza.
Adigun Ajao, a customer said that the market should not have been demolished because it would cause pains to the traders but affordable stalls should have been provided and not costly plaza that the petty traders won’t be able to afford.
Mrs. Taiwo Oke, a consumer also stated that the market being demolished is a plus to the traders because when the reconstruction of the Orile-Badagry expressway gets to that point, the market stalls would also be demolished to pave way for the expressway. She however appeals to the body in charge to reduce the cost of a lock-up shop to an affordable price for traders. She added that government should also provide alternative for the traders who were affected to relieve them of their present shock.
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