Displaced Mile 12 traders relocate to Kara, Ogun State

Displaced Mile 12 traders relocate to Kara, Ogun State

Mfonobong Akpan

Some of the displaced Hausa traders in Mile 12 Market in the Ketu area of Lagos State have relocated to the Kara area, Ogun State, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The traders, who were seen selling their goods to their customers, who had followed them to the area, asked for a permanent place to do their business after the closure of Mile 12 Market by the Lagos State government.

The traders, while lamenting their losses due to the shutdown, said they preferred the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the traders begged for a space in the Kara area on Tuesday and were able to offload goods from some of the trailers.

One of the traders said, “A basket of tomatoes that sells for N5,000 is now going for N1,000. You can imagine my loss because there are up to 500 baskets in a trailer.”

“He said the traders would prefer to be given a permanent location in the Kara area because the Mile 12 Market was small for them.”

Another trader, Usman Bello, said the Kara area was preferable because it was easily accessible.

Bello said, “We have problems moving our goods into Mile 12 because the place is always choked up and I believe that if we are moved here, it will also free up the traffic on the Ikorodu Road and everybody will be the better for it.”

A tomato seller, Mahmud Ahmed, however, said their present location in Kara had exposed them to exploitation, saying the arrangement was not good enough.

Ahmed alleged that some touts collected between N1,500 to N2,000 from them to offload goods from a trailer.

“Then when you are done offloading and ready to go out, you will pay another N2,000. This is in addition to the N50 you will pay per basket of tomatoes that is sold.

“If we have our place, this may not be the case,” he added.

However, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, who identified himself as Eniolorunmo, said it was not true that the traders were being exploited.

He said, “Nobody gave them this place; they just decided on their own to put their goods here and sell.

“It is also not true that anybody is extorting money from them. We are just here to organise them and make sure their activities do not cause any chaos or inconveniences to motorists. We also want to ensure they are not cheated.”

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