Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered for the re-opening of the Ketu-Mile 12 Market on Thursday.
Mile 12 was shut down due to violence between residents and Okada operators on March 3, 2016.
In a statement by the governor which was read out by Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, the reopening of the market occurred after meeting with relevant stakeholders.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode this morning has ordered the reopening of Mile 12 market…after stakeholders assured him of peace and order,” he said in a statement.
The official statement continues: “Realizing the strong need to move the popular Mile 12 Market from its present location, community leaders and traders in the area have agreed with the plan of the State Government to relocate the market to another suitable and more convenient location within the state. The leaders and traders also consented to the ban on use of the commercial motorcycle popularly called okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area. The community leaders said the decision became imperative owing to the fact that the Mile 12 Market, which had been in existence for decades, has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with government.”