Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that the state government would work with residents of the Mosafejo slum community in Oshodi to re-develop the area.
Fashola who stated this while addressing residents during a visit to the community, said that government was concerned about the poor living conditions in the area, stressing that the planned intervention was to improve the lives of the residents.
The community which houses the popular Mosafejo market, lacked basic amenities such as potable water and a drainage system.
Fashola said things had to change in the area to make it more habitable and prevent outbreak of diseases.
“No doubt, conditions here are not too good and I am sure you residents do not like to continue to live here, this way.
“If you really don’t like to continue to live this way and you need help, we will help you to re-develop this place. We will help you to re-design this place so that you can still build on your property and get amenities like schools and so on.
“But you need to provide the land for us to do this. So, you go and meet and tell us when you are ready, so that we can begin to take the necessary steps,” he said.
Fashola, who said there was reports that hoodlums had made the area a hide-out, called on residents to be vigilant.
He urged residents to report any suspicious criminal activities in the area to relevant authorities, for appropriate action.
The governor warned transporters against parking their vehicles on the highway, saying the practise caused gridlock.
Also speaking, Lukman Adeyemo, a resident, said the community would collaborate with government to flush out hoodlums in the area.
“Most of the hoodlums in the community come from other places. But we promise to work with the government to ensure criminals do not live in our midst,” Adeyemo said.
He commended the planned re-development of the community, saying residents would co-operate with government to make it a reality.