Friday, March 4

Mile 12 market association begs Gov Ambode to reopen market

The Mile 12 Perishable Traders Association on Friday appealed to the Lagos State Government to reopen the market to mitigate the financial losses that could accrue from produce wastage.

Mr Femi Odusanya, spokesman for the association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that reopening of the market would guarantee continuous food supply to the state.
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on March 3 ordered a temporary closure of the market following violence within the communities in the area.

Odusanya said: "We plead with the government to review its order on the closure of the market to reduce the quantum of produce to be wasted". "We have over 20 trucks each filled with sixty baskets of tomatoes worth N5,000 per basket rotting in the trucks in the market because of the delay in offloading them.

"This is aside the over eighty trucks of tomatoes and pepper meant for the market parked at Ibafo, Ogun State. "To waste these produce would amounts to huge financial losses for traders who are struggling to survive under the harsh economic climate of the country."

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