Lagos Assembly Halts Demolition Of Market


The proposed demolition of Onigbongbo Market by the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has been halted by the state House of Assembly.

The House also set up an ad-hoc committee made up of the chairmen of the House Committees on Lands and Housing, Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions to investigate the matter and report back on 4 June.

The Assembly took the interim action after conclusion of debate on a protest letter sent to the House by the Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Francis Babatunde Oke, requesting the Assembly to restrain the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development from carrying out the demolition of the market.

The petitioner also wants the Assembly to stop the Ministry of Transportation from further harassing traders in the market under the pretence that they were doing businesses on a metro line

Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji directed the two ministries to stop action on the demolition of the market pending the conclusion of the committees’ investigation.

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The House also directed an investigation into the seizure of two vans loaded with apples allegedly owned by Oba James Kwame in Badagry West Local Government.

The apples were said to be worth N2 million.

The decision of the House was sequel to a petition by the traders in Ikosi Fruit Market, Ketu area of Lagos, which urged the House to intervene and retrieve the vans and apples in good condition.

The House Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Industry has been mandated to investigate the issue and report its findings to the House on Monday, 21 May.

—Eromosele Ebholele

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