- Traders and property owners in Bariga have slammed the Lagos state government over the ongoing demolition in the area
- They lamented that their properties were being destroyed with no compensation for them
- The distraught traders urged the government to show some remorse by giving them some money for their losses
Property owners, Shop owners and market traders have expressed dissatisfaction towards the demolition of shops and property in the Bariga area of Lagos state.
Legit.ng regional reporter, Adewunmi Adeoye, gathered that the demolition exercise is still ongoing along the specific areas of Ashogbon and Jagunmolu roads of Bariga local government, having commenced since Monday 29th March, 2021.
Speaking on the issue, a fruit seller Mama Mulikha said that the current situation has reduced number of fruits she sells in the market because of storage deficiency caused by the demolition exercise.
Mama Mulikha explained that she usually buys many fruits for sales prior to the destruction but could not as there is nowhere to store them and this consequently reduced the amount of money she makes on daily basis.
She lamented that the government could not even consider her age before taken such action to throw her out her shop.
A shoe seller, Tobi Jimoh, who was caught looking at her shop being demolished, said it is painful and pathetic as she would now start looking for money to get another shop considering the hard times caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tobi, who said she has been in the area for five years now, noted that compensation was not made at all by the government, adding that the government is simply insensitive to their plight.
She called on the government to, at least, show some remorse by giving them some money to augment for their loss due to the ongoing demolition exercise.
Jimoh said that such is important because none of them knew it would be as early as this.
A property owner along the area, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that this exercise would impoverish the affected people as most were not prepared for it even though the notice had been served for a long time.
Legit.ng learnt that the state government had issued the parties notice of the demolition exercise for a long time but they thought there could be a change of mind at the long run.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ogun residents had cried out over poor states of roads in the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ibrahim Akinola, who conducted an investigation on the plight encountered by the residents and users of the roads on a daily basis, reported that many people expressed their displeasure over the neglect of the roads by the immediate past government and the present Governor Dapo Abiodun.
A resident of Lambe inside, Saheed Akinola, a lawyer, while lamenting the worrisome state of the roads in the area, charged the state government to fix the roads without further delay.