Community leaders and traders in the Mile 12 area on Wednesday agreed with the plan of the State Government to relocate the market to another suitable and more convenient location within the state.
The leaders and traders also consented to the ban on use of commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area.
The community leaders said the decision became imperative owing to the fact that the Mile 12 Market which had been in existence for decades has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with government.
While addressing a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the traders and community leaders said they were in total support of the ban on Okada because of the flagrant disobedience to traffic laws by the riders and the frequent road accidents which had resulted in many deaths and left many hospitalized.
Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, Alhaji Shehu Usman, who addressed the briefing alongside other leaders of the market, said contrary to widespread assertion that the recent civil disturbance in the area which led to the loss of lives and property was a fight between Yoruba and Hausa Communities, the truth was that both tribes including Igbos and other ethnic groups have been living and doing business together in the area in peace before the ugly incident.