I wish to start by thanking stakeholders of the Amuwo project for identifying with this relocation exercise.
You will agree with me that this exercise is long over due but has been delayed to this time own to certain factors that must first be addressed.
It is instructive to note that the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has long apportioned adequate space at 6th Avenue and allocated such to Amuwo-Odofin local government for the sole purpose of citing an international market called the 6th Avenue International Market.
By implication, this automatically serves as abode for all those illicit markets around Amuwo-Odofin and others who intend to carry out legitimate trade and other commercial activities within the local government.
The commercial activities that have been going on at illicit market areas like Agboju, Apple junction, trade fair bridge, etc. have been temporarily allowed by the Festac Town Residents Association (FTRA) and FHA pending when the 6th Avenue international market will be ready for use.
At the moment, the local government has committed, in no small measure, lots of resources into creating an access road into the 6h Avenue market, to show its readiness to allow for the operation of the market.
It is important to also add that the relocation exercise will soon be extended to all willing mechanics whose workshops are illicitly dotting the nooks and crannies of our environment, thereby, defacing the Festac community and distorting the Festac master plan, not excluding other forms of environmental degradation.
Space have been allocated at the market, for citing the mechanic village, just as other spaces are allocated to various markets, and we implore all to take up their respective portions.
We will like to express our deepest concern to those who may likely be affected by this development, as the decision to relocate came upon the consideration of the general good. And of course the development on the long run is one to have positive bearing on the generality.
Hence, let the inconvenience occasioned by the relocation exercise be the sacrifice that should be paid for meaningful and sustainable development of our society, and benefit for the general good.
Please note that the local government will not force any body to relocate to this point, but be informed that there is limited space in this market.
I wish to remind you all that the Fashola road is coming and it will take a sizeable portion of Agboju market, all of the trade fair bridge market, just as it did to Apple junction market.
Similarly, the FHA plans to construct a big drainage canal that will pass through the 7th Avenue via the 2nd Avenue into the canal.
This will take a large portion of Agboju market, of which original landowners around the Agboju market will eventually take possession of their lands. A stitch in time saves nine.
I wish to inform you that the Fashola administration has planned to construct five roads between Ori-Ade LCDA and Amuwo-Odofin LGA.
Two of these roads have been earmarked for Ori-Ade and the other three for Amuwo-Odofin.
One of the roads for Amuwo-Odofin will be between 2nd Avenue - Abule-Ado, then there will be the Ije- Dodo to LASU-Iba road, and the third will be the 6th Avenue – Isolo road.
We have always said that for government to succeed in terms of positively affecting the lives of its citizenry and for the advancement of a society, strict adherence to the rule of law, and obedience to law and order is non-negotiable.
For instance, the payment of tax and other government levies and rates as the law provides, are expedient for sustainable development.
It becomes unlawful, anti-progressive, and injurious to our society for anyone to evade tax.
Consequently, this administration will continue to operate within the ambit of the law, and expects its citizens to do same.
Once again I want to thank you all for your co-operation and understanding, more so, your unflinching support to this administration in Amuwo-Odofin, as we make genuine pledge to continue to put in efforts, and work tirelessly in bringing the dividends of democracy to our people.
Eko o ni baje o!
Amuwo o ni daru o!
Thank you and God bless.
COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AMUWO-ODOFIN LGA.