16th December, 2010
Over a hundred roadside shops were demolished yesterday at Akute, a suburb of OgunÂ State.
The demolition exercise was carried out by a construction outfit, OGROMA, on theÂ directive of the Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the shops were demolished so that the major road linkingÂ Ajuwon and Olambe can be expanded.
According to the ward councillor in the area, Mr. Ajuwon Nurudeen, the traders haveÂ been notified about the exercise.
â€œWe have been on this project for a while now, so this is just the appropriate timeÂ to carry it out. The governor wants to expand this road and that is why he sent theÂ OGROMA team toÂ carry out the demolition,â€ Mr. Nurudeen said.
However, some of the affected traders described the incident as an unfortunate one.
â€œYes, they notified us some months ago that there will be a demolition exercise butÂ we did not expect it so soon. Besides, doing such thing at this period is very wrongÂ because most of us had spent money buying wares for the yuletide. This is unfair,”Â one of the affected traders, who identified himself as Mr. Chigozie, toldÂ P.M.NEWS.
Another trader, Alhaja Bilikis, told our reporters that they were not against theÂ governmentâ€™s plan towards expanding the road to ease traffic in the area but feltÂ Â the manner in which the order was carried out was wrong.
She said: â€œOf course, we will all be happy if the road is expanded. After all, it isÂ for the benefit of the society, but the notice they gave us was too short.â€
â€”Bayo Adetu & Dedeigbo Ayodeji