The Lagos State Government says it has shut the Owonifari Market within the Oshodi Market and relocated affected traders and shop owners to the newly-built Isopakodowo Market stalls at Bolade in the area.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde.
He said that the government
had also commenced the fencing-off of the set-back on the Agege Motor Road that stretches from the Ilupeju end of Oshodi, all the way to the PWD/Ikeja GRA end of the area.
Ayorinde said the move was geared toward the need to sanitise and beautify the entire Oshodi area and bring transformation, particularly to the Owonifari loop, as well as the entire bus stop terminals, which had constituted a menace and an eyesore within the locality.
He said that the Owonifari loop would be transformed into an ultra-modern bus terminus with new bus shelters that were befitting of a structured park in a mega city.
“The fencing-off of the long stretch of the set-back is being undertaken to assist the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation in particular, with a view to beautifying it and safeguard lives along the railway corridor by discouraging street trading and indiscriminate use of the space,’’ he said.
Ayorinde said the ongoing fencing-off and beautification of the road set-back from the Ilupeju bypass to PWD/Ikeja GRA would constitute the first phase of the transformation of the area.
He said the second phase would begin from PWD/Ikeja GRA and stretch all the way to the Agege/Pen cinema axis.
Ayorinde said that residents should expect from the transformation exercise, a new Oshodi that would be sane, safe and where both traders and commuters would be pleased to visit and trade.
He assured that the traders being relocated had been properly allocated shops within the Isopakodowo market and that the demolition of the loop was in the best interest of the people who should expect a world-class bus terminus there.
The commissioner reiterated Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to bring development to every area of the state.
He, therefore, urged the Local Council Development Areas and other stakeholders to cooperate with the State Government in achieving the governor’s vision of making the 2016 budget work for every resident.
I just hope the Governor provide them with good alternatives – May GOD help him.
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