Ogun Residents laments Over Demolition of Shops, Urge Government Intervention

Residents of Itayalode in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State have expressed frustration and calling for government intervention following the sudden demolition of shops in the area. 

The demolition, conducted by the state's urban regional planning authorities, has left many residents without a source of income, sparking concerns over livelihoods and the welfare of families in the community.

In an interview conducted by our correspondence on Wednesday, affected traders shared their dismay over the demolition. 

One trader, who chose to remain anonymous, described the demolition as abrupt, recounting how they were instructed to vacate the area with little warning. 

Despite efforts to comply with regulations by moving their containers, the traders were still targeted by the town planning officials.
Remilekun Olufekun, a widow who has been operating in the area for 15 years, appealed to the state government for assistance, highlighting the challenges of finding alternative spaces for business operations. 

Similarly, another business woman Mrs. Toluwalope Akinlolu expressed her frustration, describing the situation as unjust .

According to her "the people of town planning arrived here and they have brought letter that we should leave the entrance , that we shouldn't display our markets at the entrance of African church grammar school ita iyalode , some of us abide by the rule by moving our container backwards . This is really uncalled for , and on my own part it is like injustice " she said.
The residents sought assistance from former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as they are both neighbors living in the community.

Recall that the Ogun State government recently demolished shanties and makeshift structures at the Akute Underbridge and along the wall of Zumuratul Primary School, in Akute. 

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Farook Akintunde, justified the action, citing concerns raised by the Anigilage Community Association and the school's management regarding illegal allocation of spaces and the associated risks to residents and students.

Akintunde emphasized the need to curb illegal allocations and activities that endanger the community and disrupt educational environments. 

However, the swift and comprehensive nature of the demolitions has left many residents grappling with uncertainty and economic hardship.

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