Relocation of Alade Market followed due process-Concessionaire

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Lai Omotola

Lai Omotola

The Concessionaire of Alade Shopping Mall, Master Reality International Concepts Limited on Sunday said the relocation of shop owners and traders from old Alade Market to the new one followed due process.
The concessionaire also debunked allegations of unlawful invasion into the market and forceful ejection of the traders which some aggrieved traders under the aegis of Association of Concerned Traders in Alade Markets leveled against it.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Master Reality International Concepts Limited, Lai Omotola made the clarification in a statement he issued in response to an open letter a legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye wrote to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday on behalf of the concerned traders.
In the letter to Ambode, the concerned traders had alleged that the officials of Ikeja Local Government and by extension Lagos State Government continued “to invade the market and eject traders therefrom.”
However, Omotola said the letter contained some errors, which he said, compelled the concessionaire to give true position on the successful relocation of Alade Market after a 20-year dispute was resolved.
“There was never a case of invasion into the Alade Market or forceful ejection of traders and shop owners from the market. Rather, series of dialogue and peace meetings were held among three key parties: Ikeja Local Government, Association of Alade Market Men & Women and the concessionaire,” he explained.
Omotola stated that the peace meetings had yielded enviable results, as the parties agreed that an alternative market should be built to avoid undue disruption of commercial activities of the traders.
“In line with the resolutions of the peace meetings, the alternative market has been fully constructed. It was constructed at a location about 100 metres away from Old Alade Market with more parking lots, central generators, modern toilets, safe and secure environment and unhindered access and exit.
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Source:: PM Newspaper