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Oshodi: Traders divided over govt relocation plans

There still seems to be disagreement among most affected traders of the demolished Owonifari electric Market over government’s plan to relocation them to Oshodi Resettlement Market (former Isopakodowo market).

Reports say while some maintain their stance citing structural instability and several structural defects on the building as their reason for the rejection, others have accepted their fate and are making arrangements to take up shops at the designated Resettlement Market.

Reports say ethnic lines were also considered before most traders made their decision as those of Eastern extraction chose to secure shops at the Arena Shopping Mall, Bolade, Oshodi, while those from the West chose to opt for government plans.

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Mrs. Bridget Okoro, a trader says she has accepted government’s decision for traders to relocate in good fate as she has moved on with life.

“I have moved on with my business. And I am happy that I have secured a shop here. Space in the mall is spacious compared to Owonifari electronic market.”
Another trader who identified himself as Solomon Okey, said; “It is just on the same axis. And it has enough parking lots. I believe that would also help us attract more customers.”

But the story is not the same for some other traders who were yet to raise the required fund to rent shops at the Arena Shopping Mall which according to a representative of the mall’s management puts rents at N300,000 per annum, N3,000 agreement fee and monthly access charge of N6,000.

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