Read Why Protesting Market Women Shut Down Lagos/Benin ExpresswayWomen protesters have today, October 24, descended and blocked the Uselu/Ugbowo section of the Benin-Lagos highway over plans by Egor Local Government Area of Edo to relocate traders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters, under the aegis of Uselu Market Women Association, were resisting the directive to move to lock-up stores built by the council.
The women, displaying placards, blocked both sides of the highway, preventing motorists from continuing with their trips.
Some of the women said the N1.2 million charged for the stalls was too expensive for them, especially given the type of businesses most of them do.
The women said their problem was compounded by the action of the local council, which commenced the removal of their make shift shops on Monday.
Mrs Celena Okon, one of the market women, described the council’s action ”as an act of wickedness”, in view of the current economic situation in the country.
“What am I selling that you will force me to pay over a million naira for a single store? I believe they should consider the worth of our businesses individually.
“Where do you expect a woman who sells only crayfish or tomatoes to get such a ridiculous amount of money to pay, when in actual fact most are in dire need of additional funds to grow their businesses,” Okon said.
NAN reports that as at the time of filing the report, several motorists were stranded on the highway while other commuters have resorted to trekking to get to their destination.
NAN also reports that the women resisted attempts by the police to get them off the road.