Whereas the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has concluded plans to visit mega markets around the state to interact with traders and obtain their views on his achievements, indications are rife that the largest market complex in the state, and sub-Saharan Africa, Lagos International trade fair complex is not listed in the pilot phase.
Lagos International Trade Fair by size, infrastructure and money control remains the largest trading centre in Sub Saharan Africa according to World Bank report, 2015.
A statement issued on the tour listed the five markets chosen for the pilot phase of the market activation campaign. They are Aiyetoro, Sabo, Sura, Oke-Odo and Alaba International/Rago markets.
Some key officials of the trading groups in the trade fair complex including Balogun Business Association, ASPMDA, Progressive and Africa Tyre Market said they have not been informed about any tour by the State Governor.
The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said expectations of traders from his administration would also be gathered during the visit.
Bamigbetan, in a statement noted that five markets had been chosen for the pilot phase of the market activation campaign. They are Aiyetoro, Sabo, Sura, Oke-Odo and Alaba International/Rago markets.
The Governor said “The governor will visit these markets as a means of strengthening the relationship of the government with the Lagos market community by connecting with traders and communicating the numerous people-focused developmental activities of the government to the people.
“It is a fulfillment of the governor’s pledge that his government will be an all-inclusive government, which will focus on community development.”
Bamigbetan said the meeting with market stakeholders would be historic, adding that traders who had been law abiding and supportive of the state government’s initiatives would be rewarded.
“The colourful event will also serve to drive home the seriousness of the ‘No street trading advocacy of the government.