Friday, April 17, 2015

Igbo traders seek inclusion in Lagos market board

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Shop owners of Igbo descent have called for inclusion in the leadership of the Lagos State Market Development Board.

The LSMDB, established by law in 1981, was inaugurated by Governor Babatunde Fashola in December, 2009.

In his speech at the inauguration, the governor remarked that the board was to oversee market activities in the state. He added that the state was persuaded that an organised market system would eradicate the menace of street trading, which had been identified as a major cause of traffic snarl and which government agencies had been battling against for years.

Fashola said, “Our objective in reorganising the board is to improve its performance and efficiency. This quest for improved performance of the board has been our abiding principle since it was established by law in 1981.

Since then, we have been making deliberate and conscious efforts towards choosing and constituting members of the board. We consulted widely and we are sure we have picked the right men and women who will devote time to serve the interest of our market people and the state.”

Members of the board were made up of the late Dr. Abibat Mogaji as chairman; Bose Lomerikan, Lanre Ajayi, Sikiru Akinola, Wasiu Oyewole and others.

The board is currently under the chairmanship of the Iyaoloja-General of Nigeria, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.

But the President, Ikeja Shop Owners Association, Mr. John Okonkwo, told our correspondent that it was the wish of traders of Igbo descent to be included in the activities of the board.

He said this against the backdrop of high expectations of Nigerian traders from the incoming President, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Okonkwo said, “It is our hope that when General Buhari assumes office on May 29, he will persuade the Lagos State Government to allow Igbo traders to be members of the Lagos State Market Board.

“We also need Igbo personnel in Kick against Indiscipline, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority as well as other agencies.”

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