The Chairman, Alimosho Local Government Area, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon, has commended traders at the popular Iyana Ipaja Market for keeping the market clean despite the volume of activities in the market.
Sulaimon made this known at a Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) sensitisation programme which held at the Iyana Ipaja Market Garage on Tuesday, March 20.
The Alimosho boss said that leaders of traders association in the market have positively projected the image of the council by ensuring that the traders kept the market tidy.
Sulaimon said that this has prevented the market from being shut by the state government like its counterparts in other councils.
He identified Agege, Ashade, Alaba, Ladipo, Ikotun and Ile-Epo as markets that have been shut across the state for dirtiness-related infractions.
The council boss urged the traders to step up efforts to ensure the market does not follow in the step of others that have been shut.
“Iyana Ipaja and Olugbede markets have never been shut. It is very important that we maintain cleanliness,” he said.
In the same vein, Sulaimon urged the traders to continue to support the government in the implementation of its programmes.
The Alimosho boss said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Lagos has been building infrastructures across the state and needs the support of the people to fully deliver dividends of democracy.
“There is a development from Sango through Iyana Ipaja to Oshodi,” he said.
He added that the local government had upgraded facilities at the health centre located at Vulcaniser bus-stop in Akowonjo in the council.
Sulaimon, “You wives won’t give birth under canopy using candlelight. We are running 24 hours service.
“In Abati Primary in Shasha, which is one of the eight primary schools in Alimosho, development is ongoing.
“Those are our promises and we will fulfil them.”
However, he urged the traders to pay their dues to unable the government execute its projects.
Sulaimon warned the traders against paying their dues and levies in cash to the council workers, urging them to pay through banks or Point-of-Sale (PoS) machines directly to the council’s account.
The Onishasha of Shasha Kingdom, Oba Babatunde Ogunrombi, blessed the traders and urged them to continue to cooperate with their leaders to ensure that the market is not closed for dirtiness.
Addressing the council boss, the traditional ruler implored him to provide chieftaincy vehicles to the traditional rulers in the council and operational vehicles for market leaders.
He also tasked the council administration to work with the market leaders to effect necessary innovations in the market.
The representative of the council in the market urged the traders to pay their stallage dues to the council as at when due.
He disclosed that the stallage for k-clamps is N2,900 a year, small shop is N4,100 and big shops is N6,500.
The Iyaloja-General of Alimosho, Alhaja Muniratu Olanlokun; Babaloja-General of Alimosho, Alhaji (Chief) F.O Alawode; Iyaloja of Iyana Ipaja Market, Hon. Bolatito Balogun; Iyaloja of Aregbesola Market, Mrs Risikatu Badru, and Babaloja of Aregbesola Market, Alhaji I.A. Bakare, led the traders to the event.