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Lagos Gov, Sanwo-Olu Announces Demolition Of Three Island Markets

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced plans to fully demolish…

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced plans to fully demolish Jankara, Bombata, and Pelewura markets in Lagos Island to facilitate urban regeneration in the area.

During an inspection of drainage channels on the Island, VerseNews reports that the Governor noted that these markets have obstructed the free flow of water due to encroachments, leading to flooding during the rainy season.

Sanwo-Olu stated that the demolition of Jankara and Bombata markets would be a starting point for the urban regeneration project.

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The design for the new market is ready, and adequate notice will be given to traders in the Pelewura market, which has more traders.

Sanwo-Olu said: “We have come here on a drainage and regeneration call. The entire stretch of Idumagbo Avenue is always flooded during the rainy season because of human activities, especially from the markets around the area. They have built on the canals and so prevented the free flow of water, so we need to do a total rebuild.

“Hence, to allow for a proper regeneration of the Lagos Island, Jankara and Bombata markets have to go, it will be a ground zero. This thus serves as a notice, the markets will be cleaned to allow our urban regeneration plans. The design for the new market is ready.

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“We will however give adequate notice to those in Pelewura market because it has more traders, but this serves as the first notice.

“These markets have outgrown and outlived a market in a modern city so they must give way for urban models.”

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