A lot of Suya sellers were affected.
In his bid to rid the state of illegal structure, the Oyo State Government descended on the clustered Hausa community of Sabo area of Ibadan on Wednesday, demolishing about 50 structures in the process.
The bulldozed structures, according to the state government, were illegally built and constitute nuisance to the vicinity and its inhabitants.
Most of the affected individuals were owners of Suya (roasted spiced meat) spots, occupying about 40 stalls located along Adamasigba-Ibadan Recreation Club and Jemibewon Road of the Ibadan North Local Government Area of the State.
Because of their encroachment into the access road, motorists often have hectic time passing through the area.
Many owners of the demolished structures had to remove their valuables from the rubble of the structures.
Lowo Obisesan, the Oyo State Commissioner for the Environment and Habitat, who supervised the exercise, noted that it was triggered by the level of filth in the community.
He described the sanitary condition of the area as an eyesore, adding that the government’s decision to clear the area was in line with the ongoing sanitation exercise in the capital and other parts of the state.
Wondering how it was possible for people to operate under such a poor sanitary condition where toilets, water and proper refuse dumps were not available, the commissioner disclosed that leaders and youth of the area were notified of the demolition.
“We held several meetings with the leaders and youth to help them see the motive behind the exercise in order that there will not be any revolt that may jeopardise the existing peace God has given us in the state. And we gave owners of the demolished Suya shops three different areas in Ibadan,” he said.
The areas, according to him, are located at the TCTC motor-part, the Eleyele Water Works and the former airspace recently acquired by the state government.
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