Traders protest alleged demolition threat on POWA shopping complex in Lagos

The traders, predominantly dealing in computer and information technology gadgets at phases I and II of the complex, claim that the directive for the demolition is attributed to Elizabeth Egbetokun, the wife of the Inspector-General of Police

Lagos, Nigeria: Traders at the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) shopping complex in Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, are expressing their discontent over an alleged plan to demolish the complex.

The traders, predominantly dealing in computer and information technology gadgets at phases I and II of the complex, claim that the directive for the demolition is attributed to Elizabeth Egbetokun, the wife of the Inspector-General of Police.

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The Computer Dealers Association Chairman, Tayo Shittu, spoke to journalists on Monday, shedding light on the potential demolition that has sparked concerns among traders.

The complex, comprising 300 shops, has been a hub for over 1,000 traders, many of whom have been paying rent for more than two decades.

The property is owned by wives and widows of both retired and serving police officers, who are the original allottees of the premises.

The landladies, having played a pivotal role in the establishment of the shopping complex, are now facing the looming threat of demolition.

Traders at the POWA shopping complex emphasized the property’s historical significance, noting its role as a vibrant commercial space that has served the community for many years.

The potential demolition poses a threat to the livelihoods of over 1,000 traders and raises questions about the fate of a significant commercial hub within Computer Village.

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The Computer Dealers Association, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is mobilizing efforts to raise awareness about the alleged plan and seek intervention to preserve the complex.

Traders argue that the demolition would not only impact their businesses but also disrupt the economic activities within Computer Village.

Community leaders and concerned citizens are calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged directive for demolition.

They stress the need for transparency and dialogue to address any issues related to the POWA shopping complex without resorting to drastic measures that could negatively impact the traders and the broader community.

As the story unfolds, traders, landladies, and community leaders await official responses and clarification regarding the fate of the POWA shopping complex.

The situation highlights the complex dynamics surrounding property ownership and development, especially when it involves structures with a long-standing presence and significant contributions to the local economy.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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