FIWON stage protest against forceful eviction of waterfront residents

Tobiloba Jolayemi

As a reaction to the 7-day notice eviction of dwellers of all waterfront communities across Lagos State due to recent cases of kidnap, The Federation of Informal Workers Organisations of Nigeria (FIWON) staged a protest at the Governor’s office on Thursday, 13th of October.The protest took off from 7up bus stop to the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.
speaking to our Correspondent, nthe General Secretary of FIWON, Gbenga Komolafe said the destruction of waterfront communities is a destruction to lives, businesses and heritage.
“A landlord would give 3 months to eject a tenant, not to talk of ejecting whole communities. when you do that, you are talking of destroying lives especially during this recession. life is difficult nfor the poor.
He further said that, “This is about 40 communities from Ikorodu to Badagry, minimum of about 1.7 to 3 million people”.
Also at the protest, a participant, Bimbo Osoba said change should be positive and not otherwise.
“Change should be positive and not negative. The demolition would result to negative growth and upbringing in the society.”
Finally, Special Adviser to the Governor on civic engagement, Hon Taiwo confirmed all reports have been transferred to the Governor’s office.
“I have taken their requests to the office, but the Governor is not on seat”.

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