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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Confusion in Ejigbo as Lagos State government demolishes 2,000 shanties in Jakande Estate

Operatives of the Lagos State Building Investment Corporation, Monday, demolished over 2,000 illegal shanties and makeshift shops allegedly used to deface Jakande Estate in Ejigbo. The action of the agency, according to residents and shop owners in the estate have rendered hundreds of people jobless as the shops provided a ‘daily bread’ to the owners.
According to one of the residents, Kayode Adesina who spoke to The Guardian amidst tears:
“The demolition was carried by the Lagos State Building Investment Corporation and the Ministry of Environment. They gave us notice of demolition but where do they expect us to go. They said they want to beautify the estate. They came with over seven Bulldozers and dozens of military men and here we are, I have my children in the university. My job stopped and it was from this shop they demolished that we have been feeding on.
“I am devastated as I speak to you now. We have gone to the Lagos State House of Assembly to register our protest; we have also been to Baba Jakande’s house. I am confused and I don’t know what to do.”
Another shop owner, Gboyega Adebanjo told The Guardian that the entire estate would protest the action of government.
His words:
“This was not the change we voted for. It is unfair that actions of the government are usually against the poor and the middle class. What do they expect us to do now? How can they just come and destroy our source of livelihood?”
According to another resident, who identified himself as Damilola Agbaje:
“The exercise carried out by government is not in our favour. It is not good that Lagos State government has continued to make life miserable for us. We are not in a happy mood at all.”
Women and youths of the area were sighted wearing long faces as scavengers had a filled day carrying metals from the destroyed buildings.
Although, shop owners had attempted to halt the demolition, they were prevented by fierce looking military personnel who came with the Lagos State officials.

One of the shop owners who spoke with The Guardian said that she had owned the place for over a decade.

29 comments:

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

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dj banti said...

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Iphie Abraham said...

Eyah! I feel their pain








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vinna saviour said...

That's serz

Uju Phil said...

Chaiya... Quite sad!

Bonita Bislam said...

For this recession, being homeless/jobless is the worst thing that can ever happen to someone.Govsrnment should have provided them with another settlement To Help cushion the effect of their suffering.
But then Nigerians are stubborna stubborn lot. This notice has been served for long. We like crash program and wail the song of pity when the axe of the law finally falls on us

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

In this hard times..jeeezzz
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LibBadBoy

Peace Alfred said...

this is sad! they should at least compensate them

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

It's really a pity


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Anne Johnson said...

This is so wrong,the poor always at the receiving end.Change indeed!

Noble Ajuz said...

So sorry about your loss. The truth is, once the structures are illegal without any document approval the government has the right to demolish. Its called development control and its within the confines of the law demolish after notice has been served.
Such a pity.

livingstone chibuike said...

Already feelin sorry for dis individuals

hustle 2 get married no be here.. said...

It is well.

David Oluwaseun said...

FYI....the notice came in 2days to the crash programme...with no compensation to cushion down the loss.

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

It's sad. Aren't they suppose to like give them a makeshift or something. Na wa


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Juliet Iwuno said...

Gobe! Linda take note!

Odibe Blessing said...

Nawa ooo naija sef

Anonymous said...

Not in this recession period

Sesan Govy said...

Dis same govt was voted in by dis same poor people, d question remains, will recession end after demolition or demolition will put food on dia table? Infrastructures are in poor state dey didn't address them, shameful govt of our time!!!

OSINANL said...

NA WAOH

kunta said...

Am sure the notice has been served for long but u know how Nigerians are now..

Nevertheless, Government should have provided with an alternative instead of rendering them jobless and homeless when the country is in recession..

Jamila Shaibu said...

Eyahhhhh

Amos Oyeniyi said...

Too bad that the Government eventually demolished the shops. I think the Government is not sensitive to the environment, if such action should be carried out, it shouldn't be at this time of recession coupled with the festive period around the corner. The Government should have waited for the economy of the country to balance before going ahead to carry out their action. These shops serve as means of livelihood for most of the residence of the estate. Even though they were built illegally, i think the Government is not fair at all. Ambode needs to bring himself to the level of the masses so as to feel what they are feeling. Democracy is not done this way!

JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

WHY UNA DE COMPLAIN? NA WATIN UNA VOTE FOR B DAT NAAAA...

Anonymous said...

It is true these shops are illegal structures without proper documentation...but the so called government have been collecting monthly dues from these shops since inception, Local government council dues (Lagos state government), LASAA dues (Lagos state signage and advertisement agency) NEPA bills (PHCN), There are receipts for some of these payments...These same government agency who operates under the directives of the Federal and state government are very much aware that they are illegal structures...So you see the government aren't saints afterall. Linda you might want to add these to your story..feel free to verify.

christie benjamin said...

So not fair!!

Anonymous said...

The Government should do the same for those under high tension powerlines. They are worse.

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