The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, and his counterpart in Imo state, Hope Uzodinmahave met over the demolition of the Alaba International Market and other issues.
The meeting which also had the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, in attendance, was held in Lagos yesterday.
You recall that a few weeks back, the Lagos State Government began the demolition of buildings in the Alaba International Market in the Ojo Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Uzodimma further revealed that the Lagos State Governor has set up a committee to look into their concerns which include the demolition of the Alaba market, burning of the Ajagule spare parts market, and other relative issues faced by Igbos residing and doing business in Lagos.
He, therefore, encouraged the Igbos to go back to their respective businesses without fear of molestation as he has the assurance from his brother-Governor of Lagos State that no policy will be targeted against them again.
Speaking earlier during the interview, Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State assured Governor Uzodimma and the Igbo delegates, of his commitment to guaranteeing the safety of Igbos and all tribes resident in Lagos.
He urged for more collaboration between the regions and peaceful coexistence with all tribes.
Governor Uzodimma was in the company of the Deputy Speaker Federal House of Representatives and key Igbo market leaders.
The enforcement team of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Task Force embarked on the joint exercise.
The demolition was, however, greeted with heavy backlash from some Igbos, claiming that the exercise is an after-effect of the 2023 elections.
Speaking after the meeting, Sanwo-Olu said they were able to clear the controversies surrounding the demolition of the buildings
He noted that there have been a lot of wrong information and communication, however, all these were successfully resolved during the meeting.
The Lagos governor said, “The meeting had gone on very successfully, where we discussed issues around a common interest, and especially issues around the demolition of Alaba market.
“There has been a lot of wrong information and communication. Our conversation this afternoon has cleared the air and we have seen the need for further collaboration and where wrongs have been expressed we corrected.”