Yaba traders beg government to reopen market

“The market was closed after some traders fought with officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline.” 

Traders at the Yaba Market in Lagos have appealed to the Lagos State Government to reopen the market which was closed on Tuesday after some of them allegedly clashed with officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

The traders said that the continued closure of the market was affecting their businesses and causing them untold hardship.

A trader in the market, Olatomi Onaolapo, said that the closure had mostly affected women, most of whom were single mothers. “There are more single women trading here,” she said. “The closure will affect their income more since they support themselves solely.”

She also condemned the closure, arguing that it could increase the crime rate in the area, and said the government’s action was not the best option, considering the importance of the market to the economic growth of the state.

“The boys and girls that feed from the market will become nuisances to their guardians if the market remained closed,” she said.

Abayomi Adamu, who sells jeans, said that the government ought not to punish others for the sins of a few miscreants in the market. He alleged that those who fought were not “legitimate” traders in the market.

He said the closure has affected his livelihood, adding that he was likely to lose “substantial number of customers” to his competitors in other markets.

Another trader at the market, Akukwe Ginika on NigeriaTrends, stressed her frustration with the present condition of the market and hereby appealing that the Lagos State government  show mercy on Yaba traders. She also recommends a code of conduct by the government, enforced to adequately punish the violators and not the whole market.

-By Valerie Anofochi 

Source: DailyTimes

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