The Chairman of Mushin Local Government Area, Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Adepitan, has banned any form of unionism at Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre, the largest section of Ladipo Market in the council area.
Adepitan who declared the market opened at the weekend after it was closed on 25 February, 2013, over environmental hazards and insecurity dissolved the market union, as part of the recommendations by the stakeholders of the market who observed that the crisis in the market was caused by leadership tussle among the traders.
According to him, a caretaker committee would be inaugurated to manage the affairs of the market to restore peace there.
Leadership crises have rocked the market over the past four years among the various factions, with a leader of one of the factions said to have brought in thugs from the eastern part of the country to terrorise traders at the market, and terrorize the residents of the area, a situation that didn’t subside until Lagos government closed down the market.
Though the state government later re-opened some sections of the markets, Aguiyi Ironsi market remained closed.
It was eventually opened after the stakeholders of the market held meetings with the state government in order to proffer lasting solutions to the crises.
Following the recommendation of the traders, the chairman suspended any form of unionism in the market which would now be managed by the council.
Adepitan said the union was dissolved temporarily until peace is restored in the market.