4th October, 2010
Artisans under the aegis of Lagos State Mechanics and Technicians Association in YabaÂ Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, have protested theÂ demolition of their workshops located around Oyadiran Estate, by Lagos State Task ForceÂ officials, describing the exercise and wicked.
In a petition written to the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, the artisansÂ stated that the exercise which was carried out in the early hours of Saturday, 25Â September, 2010, was done without consideration for the plight of the members as theyÂ were caught unawares and as such, could not take anything out of the place.
According to them, the piece of land, allegedly being claimed by the Onitiri familyÂ represented by one Pastor Remi Onitiri, belonged to the late Pa S.A. Oyadiran and wasÂ leased to them by the deceasedâ€™s children, Alhaja (Chief) Kofoworola Oyadiran and herÂ sister, Modupe.
They also stated that they were not given any notice to pack their things and only caughtÂ unawares, more so that the day fell on the monthly environmental sanitation day, addingÂ that they only got to their places of work after the exercise to find that the place hadÂ been levelled by bulldozers and their belongings destroyed.
On enquiry, the exercise was said to have been carried out on the instructions of theÂ state government through the stateâ€™s Ministry of the Environment. This, however, haveÂ been debunked, pointing accusing finger at Pastor Onitiri as the initiator of theÂ demolition.
They therefore called on the Chairman of Yaba LCDA, Mr. Olajide Jimoh, who they haveÂ absolved of any involvement in the demolition and the state governor, Mr. BabatundeÂ Fashola, to come to their rescue as they have been rendered jobless while many others areÂ now homeless.