Ladipo Mar­ket traders groan over ter­ri­ble roads

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Bright Azuh

THE traders, mo­torists and other road users of the pop­u­lar La­gos auto spare- part mar­ket, Ladipo Mar­ket in Mushin Lo­cal Coun­cil of La­gos State, have com­plained over the bad con­di­tion of roads lead­ing in and out of the mar­ket.

Fol­low­ing the de­mo­li­tion of ma­jor parts of the mar­ket by the state gov­ern­ment on June 30, 2015, the spare part hub has been chal­lenged with poor in­fra­struc­ture. Though the gov­ern­ment as­sured the traders then of cre­at­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for trad­ing, that prom­ise is yet to be ful­filled, ac­cord­ing to traders. An auto part me­chanic, Ba­lo­gun Wa­heed, who has worked at Ladipo for over 10 years, said,“It seems the La­gos State gov­ern­ment has de­cided to let us suf­fer. This road is im­pass­able. “The roads get worse due to flood­ing. I loose many cus­tomers be­cause their cars can’t me­an­der through the pot holes that are some­times water-logged”. Wa­heed also blamed truck driv­ers for reck­less park­ing on the roads. He asked the gov­ern­ment to strengthen traf­fic rules against ar­bi­trary park­ing on road.

Also, Pa­tience John, who sells fruits by the road­side, said cus­tomers were re­luc­tant to cross over to where she sells be­cause of the messy con­di­tion of the road.

Con­struc­tion of Mushin and Oshodi/isolo road has been on­go­ing since the be­gin­ning of the year and due for com­ple­tion by Jan­uary 2019.

But the con­struc­tion process is tak­ing so much time than ex­pected.

Pa­tience, there­fore, ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to speed up ac­tion on the project.

FUNERAL rites for Pa Isaac Jombo Ofume, who died re­cently, at the age 85, be­gin on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 21, with a ser­vice of songs at All Saints’ Catholic Church, Ali­hameAg­bor, Delta State at 5.00p.m.

A state­ment signed by Fred Ofume, on be­half of the fam­ily said he would be buried on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22, at his res­i­dence, No. 3, Sakpoba

Road, Ali­hame-ag­bor, af­ter a funeral ser­vice at All Saints’ Catholic Church at 10.00a.m.

Thanks­giv­ing ser­vice holds on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 24, at the same church at 8.00a.m.

He is sur­vived by his wives: Mrs. Blacky Ofume and Mrs. Veron­ica Ofume, chil­dren and grand chil­dren.

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