After Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s directive to the duo of Ikeja Local Government leadership and the concessionaire of the project to deliver a clean market, the authorities have officially opened yesterday, the new Alade market amidst pomp and pageantry.
The project, which was conceived as an alternative market for the relocation of the traders from the old market and as condition for the redevelopment of the over 35 years old market, finally opened for business after a nearly 20-year battle to relocate the traders. Pomp, festivity and camaraderie defined the opening ceremony, which was performed by the wife of Lagos State governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, as the Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo was prominently in attendance.
Speaking at the occasion, the sole administrator of Ikeja Local Government, Mr. Abiodun Taiwo, stated that the relocation of the market was a first in more than one way, but mostly for the fact that never before in the country has a new market been made ready for traders before the old was pulled down. “The relocation of Alade market is a novelty in the annals of market development in Nigeria.
This is the first time traders will be relocated even to a better market before the old one is pulled down. When we were appointed, his Excellency gave us a salient assignment. He said he wanted a clean market. I believe this market is in tandem with that. He said he wanted a very safe environment. I think this market also has a pass mark in that regard. And he said he wants a prosperous Lagos and this is a foundation for prosperous traders. Today, we are here to commission what was a dream,” he stated.