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Ambode visits new Tejuosho market, orders dislodgement of street traders

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi  Ambode (left); Executive Secretary, Yaba Local Government Council, Bola Olumegbon-Lawal and Managing Director, MRI Investments, Idris Asunmo, during a facility tour at the Tejuosho Shopping Complex in Yaba, Lagos.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode (left); Executive Secretary, Yaba Local Government Council, Bola Olumegbon-Lawal and Managing Director, MRI Investments, Idris Asunmo, during a facility tour at the Tejuosho Shopping Complex in Yaba, Lagos.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the immediate dislodgement of street traders around the Tejuosho market, Yaba, Lagos.

He gave the order yesterday, when he visited the premises of the new ultra-modern Tejuosho Shopping Complex, on an inspection tour.

Speaking at the market, he said his administration would not allow street traders to keep obstructing traffic and cause hardship for Lagosians, who ply Lagos roads even as he urged them to move into the shopping complex without delay.

He said, “we want the traders to move into the market immediately. We do not want to see anybody on the road. As much as possible, we will deploy more people to enforce the directive to ensure the road is free because the residents are complaining. It is a good thing that you have a large underground parking space that can accommodate about one thousand cars so that cars will not be parked on the road.’’

In his remarks, the Managing Director of MRI Investments, Idris Asunmo reiterated the governor’s stance and maintained that the facility was ready to be occupied.

Asunmo added, “the governor came to have a look at the market and its environs. He is concerned about the obstruction of traffic in the market surroundings which is caused principally by the street traders.

“Having seen the situation for himself, he has directed the task force to come and enforce the dislodgement of those street traders. However, he also tasked us to ensure their smooth movement into the market since the stores (K clamp) built for them are ready to be occupied.”

On the readiness of the new market for the business of buying and selling, Asunmo, whose organisation is charged with managing the complex, said the facility is fully ready, as some traders have already moved in and have begun displaying their wares.

He noted that the traders would have moved into their stalls before now, if the allocation process by the office of the former deputy governor had been completed earlier.

The impressive shopping complex boasts approximately 2, 745 lock up shops, 1,250 K clamps adding up to about 4,000 shops. Other facilities within the complex include four banks and eight supermarkets, as well as basement car parks that can accommodate at least 650 cars and a rooftop car park that can accommodate about 60 cars.

Asunmo described Tejuosho market as a shoppers’ delight with its state of the art facilities designed to make shopping very convenient for the average shoppers and even the traders

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