The Truth About Owonifari Market Demolition


By Joe Igbokwe
Joe Igbokwe
The Holy Book says you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. I have heard a lot of outpouring of emotions about the demolition of Oshodi Market by the Lagos State Government led by His Excellency Mr Akinwunmi Ambode last week. I heard Ohaneze, I heard CD South East, and heard some Igbo groups in Lagos. The summary is that Gov Ambode has declared war on Igbo Traders in Lagos because they did not vote for him in the last elections. Now the truth must be told: Former Gov Fashola had planned to evacuate that market right inside the Oshodi Roundabout loop since 2007 when he came into office. The location of that market was not only an eyesore, but mindsore, mouthsore and head sore. An expert Engr Eke, the new Controller of Works in Lagos tells me that loops/cloverleaf are meant for drainage basins for the road and should be a green area not market. A committee was set up to plan a relocation. I was in that committee and Mr Ben Akabueze was also in that committee. We held several meetings at Oshodi Isolo Local Govt With the market leaders.
A lot of politics, mistrust, blackmail and ethnicity played itself out on where to take the market to. Gov Fashola stopped the committee and forged ahead to secure a place at Isopakodowo Market now called Oshodi Resettlement Market. This new market has been there for years and these traders refused to relocate. Fashola left office without moving the market even though he cleared the bigger problem and the bigger mess called Oshodi. But the plan to relocate the market has been in the front burner. Ambode moved in last week to do the needful when all the avenues of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper