By Olasunkanmi Akoni
TRADERS at the Irepodun/ Olorunshogo market, Oladun Road, Council/Powerline Bus Stop, Isheri Idimu in Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area of Alimosho local government area of Lagos state have staged a protest over plans to demolish their stalls, allegedly without giving them adequate notice.
Last week, the traders in their hundreds, stormed the secretariat of the council to seek audience with Executive Secretary of the LCDA, Kunle Sanyaolu Olowopejo, over the matter but officials there prevented them from seeing him.
The Irepodun Community Development Association in the area has vowed to resist the proposed demolition.
The CDA in a two page letter, dated September, 15, 2015 to the Area Commander, ‘Area M’ Police Command, Pipeline, Idimu, Lagos, noted that in order to “avert the consequential breach of peace and harmony within the community, we implore you to use your good office to quickly arrest the situation by calling Kazeem, his agents and all other concerned authorities to order before it is too late.”
In a letter signed by Comrade MK Shoyombo on behalf of the traders and dated October 2, 2015 the protesters noted that, “to the majority of us, it came as a rude shock. It was served during the Ileya festival period as well as the resumption of our children back to school.
“In view of this and other considerations we urge the LCDA to extend the proposed development to afford us ample time to wrap- up our market activities for the year, balance our yearly accounts and settle various contributions.”
But the council had in a notice titled, “To whom it may concern” warned that, “you are hereby informed that Egbe Idimu LCDA will commence the re-development of Olorunsogo market into a modern market. Notice is hereby given to the shop/ space occupier to vacate their shops/space within seven days of the receipt of this notice.”