The security challenges in the Owonifari market in Oshodi has been a concern for Lagos State Government and they have ordered it shut down until further notice to address the issue in that axis.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Steve Ayorinde, while announcing the closure of the market, said it had begun to constitute a menace and an eyesore within the locality.
Ayorinde stated further that affected traders and shop owners have been relocated to the newly built Isopakodowo market stalls at Bolade area in Oshodi.
The commissioner also revealed that the government has commenced the fencing-off of the set-back on Agege Motor Road that stretches from Ilupeju end of Oshodi to the PWD/Ikeja GRA end of the area.
He said the Owonifari loop will be transformed into an ultra modern bus terminus with new bus shelters that are befitting of a structured park in a mega city.
The commissioner also hinted that, the fencing-off of the long stretch of the set-back is being undertaken to assist the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation in particular with a view to beautifying it and safeguard lives along the railway corridor by discouraging street trading and indiscriminate use of the space.
Ayorinde said the ongoing fencing-off and beautification of the road set-back from Ilupeju bypass to PWD/Ikeja GRA would constitute the first phase of the transformation of the Oshodi area. The second phase, he added, would begin from PWD/Ikeja GRA and stretch all the way to Agege/Pen cinema axis.