FIWON, others to protest against demolition of homes, livelihoods today
The Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisations of Nigeria (FIWON) will today join other civil society groups to protest against on-going demolition of homes and livelihoods within Lagos metropolitan area.
The protest is necessitated by an extremely dangerous trend of demonizing poor working people in Lagos as illegal occupants, illegal citizens or simply ‘aliens’ to justify their evictions from their homes and workplaces.
In a statement signed by General Secretary, FIWON, Gbenga Komolafe, said: Sometimes, ‘mysterious fires’ are set on markets after which bulldozers move in to destroy markets with the goods and wares therein, subjecting traders to unmitigated losses, trauma and untimely deaths.
“ Till date, thousands of traders evicted from the Jankara, Sandgrouse and Mushin Ajina markets still operate on the streets where they are hounded everyday, several years after the demolition of those markets while reconstructed Tejuosho, Oyingbo markets remain unaffordable, therefore, unoccupied years after commissioning.