Displaced Lagos residents, traders seek Govt. assistance

The displaced residents and traders at Agboju/Masamasa in Lagos say they are barely surviving.

The displaced residents and traders at Agboju/Masamasa in Lagos State have appealed to the government to provide alternative place for them to live and trade.

The Lagos State government embarked on demolition of houses along the Lagos/Badagry expressway. According to the government, the aim of the demolition is to create space for the 10-lane road expansion.

Olarotimi Ajayi, a former house owner at Agboju, said on Wednesday that since his house was demolished by the government, he and his family have sought refuge with friends and relatives.

Mr. Ajayi said that the affected landlords have been meeting on how to appeal to the government for assistance.

“I am appealing to the government to provide us with temporary accommodation for me and family,” he said. “You know Lagos, even though I have the money now, it will not be so easy for me to secure a comfortable place that can occupy me and my family.”

Similarly, Simon Okafor, a businessman, appealed to the government to provide an alternative place to enable him resume his business.

He said since his shop was demolished, it has been difficult to feed his family as he could not continue his trade.

“I am afraid as school is about to open; I don’t know where I will see money to pay my children’s school fees with this condition,” Mr. Okafor said.

Also commenting, Yinusa Aratuni, the Vice Chairman of Plank Market at Agboju appealed to “the state government to provide them with an alternative place to continue their business.

“If the government cannot find an alternative place for us, they can assist us with money to enable us to rent shops elsewhere,” Mr. Aratuni said.

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