Lagos State Government, yesterday, shut Owonifari market in Oshodi as a way of addressing the security challenges in the area.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who disclosed this, lamented that the market has constituted a menace to the society. He noted that the affected traders and shop owners have been relocated to the newly built Isopakodowo market stalls at Bolade area in Oshodi.
The government has also commenced the fencing-off of the set-back on Agege Motor Road that stretches from Ilupeju end of Oshodi all the way to the PWD/Ikeja GRA end of the area to assist the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation, in particular, in beautifying it and safeguarding the lives along the railway corridor by discouraging street trading and indiscriminate use of the space, which will be the first phase of the transformation of the Oshodi area. The second phase, according to Ayorinde, would begin from PWD/Ikeja GRA and stretch all the way to Agege/Pen cinema axis.
A statement by Ayorinde said that the Owonifari loop will be transformed into an ultra modern bus terminus with new bus shelters that are befitting of a structured park in a mega city.
He stated further that Lagosians should expect from this transformation exercise, a new Oshodi that will be sane and safe and where both traders and commuters would be pleased to visit and trade.