Friday, 8 January 2016
Oshodi market demolition for public security, says LASG
At a press briefing addressed by the Commissioner for Information
and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe; Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; and Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, the government observed that the uproar generated by the demolition was unnecessary.
Ayorinde said the government provided an alternative place which had over 600 shops and space that could house 400 traders, and had also agreed to give out the shops for N5,000.
“The traders were adequately notified before the exercise took place as required by law. The government also had a series of meeting with the leadership of the market before the demolition,” he added.
The commissioner explained that the issue of the market had been on for 10 years, adding although a large number of the traders relocated to the new market, some refused to move.
Ayorinde said, “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode invited the leadership of the market to the Executive Chambers on December 16, 2015, where he reiterated his plans for Oshodi and the need to move the traders to move to Isopakodowo Market.
“On Monday, December 21, 2015, it was eventually agreed that the traders would pay N5,000 for a shop at Isopakodowo Market. There is nowhere in Lagos where you will see a N5,000 shop, let alone in central Oshodi, but the governor agreed with them. We, thereafter, formally served them notices to quit through the office of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.”
He said, “Government will not be blackmailed because we had done everything humanly possible for the traders to relocate.
“The government wants to ensure that the area conforms to the type of image that we want for Lagos, which is to beautify the place, construct a world-class bus terminal, and reduce the gridlock and criminalities associated with that area.”
The Commissioner for the Environment, Adejare, said the traders claiming that their goods were destroyed were mischievous.
He added that the materials that were demolished with the market were the wastes left behind by those who had relocated to the new place.