By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Shop owners at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos are still counting their losses following the commencement of demolition of illegal structures at the stadium which commenced last Thursday.
Over 120 shops made up of mostly food vendor shops and sports shops that are not in the original plan of the edifice are being demolished and will form part of phase one of the reformation which the Minister iof Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare promised on assumption office.
Most of the shop owners who spoke to NNSports decried the exercise’ lamenting that they’ve lost millions in the process.
According to them, it was wicked for the Minister to give them only one week quit notice before the commencement of the exercise even as they queried the rationale behind his action when people have not recovered from the effect of COVID- 19.
” We’ re still at a loss on why the Minister decided to demolish our shops at a time we’ve been out of business for more than five months because of COVID- 19. It’s equally wickedness and man inhumanity to man for him to destroy our wares and shops in the name of renovating the stadium. We want Nigerians to understand that most of us doing business at the stadium are legal occupants because and even used our hard earned money to erect the structures with approval from the Sports Ministry.
‘ We believe there is a lot to this and we want the National Assembly to intervene and call the Minister to order because by his action, he has made us destitute in our own country”, they chorused.
The traders who said they’re yet to decide on the next line of action to take where seen trying to salvage some of their wares as the bulldozer kept coming.