The Lagos State Government (LASG) has denied involvement in the recent demolition exercise at the Ojodu – Berger Retail Market which left many traders battling to save their wares.
In a press statement issued through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the LASG stressed that the report was far from the truth.
According to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Wasiu Anifowose, “the media reports as figment of imagination of the authors”.
The demolition exercise was carried out on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and most traders denied being served contravention notices.
While clarifying the position of the State Government, Anifowose said it was not the norm of the government to act in such manner.
“As a State Government, we like to categorically deny involvement in the demolition exercise as alleged in some national dailies.
“While the reports in one breath claimed that the State Government was responsible for the demolition, it was also said that it was in compliance with a court judgment,” part of the statement read.
“We don’t demolish without organising a stakeholder meeting with the concerned people and we also ensure that we give them enough notice,” Anifowose further said in the statement.
You would recall that theOjodu – Berger Retail Market was demolished on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Prior to the demolition, the Market Men and Women Association of the market in January 2016, staged a protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly where they urged the House to come to their aid.