Abuja - Some shop owners in the popular Computer Village said they would resist plans by Lagos State Government to relocate the market from the city to another part of the state.
The state government announced last week that it has earmarked over N50 billion for the construction of a new site for the market.
While making the announcement, state government officials hinted that shop owners would be compelled to relocate to the site before the end of first quarter of the year.
Reacting to the government position, some shop owners in the market condemned what they described as an unnecessary haste.
They said that it was unfair for government to insist on relocating them to a place where no adequate infrastructure had been put in place.
“The announcement by the state government is very unrealistic. For over two years now, they have been saying they will build a new market for us. We have not seen the new market and all of a sudden, government says we must move before end of first quarter when no structure is on ground at the new site. This is bad and I believe government is not sincere with us,” said Emeka Chukwugindu, a major shop owner in the market.
He pleaded with the state government to allow shop owners in the market to continue with their business until the new market complex project was concluded.
Another major shop owner in the market, Abiodun Komolafe, also faulted the Lagos government plan saying that the relocation of the market should be a properly planned.
He said that most of the shop owners had paid rent for a period of three years and thus forcing them to relocate to a new market would pose a challenge.
“The state government is certainly not been fair to us. We have agreed to move when the market is built. Up till today, there is no single structure in the proposed site and they are talking about moving us there. Even the current occupants of the proposed market site have not been relocated. This is a market that generates over N200 million monthly and we cannot just be pushed around. Let government first build the plan then, we will relocate,” he said.
– CAJ News