Business owners in Unity Taiwo Road, Ilorin South, Kwara State, have raised concerns over the proposed overhead bridge by the government, citing potential disruptions to their businesses. The apprehension arises as numerous shops along the route have been marked for demolition to make way for the infrastructure project.
In response to the impending development, business proprietors are appealing to the government to consider their interests before initiating the project, emphasizing the potential adverse impact on their livelihoods.
Mrs. Chinelo, a vendor of phone accessories, expressed her dismay at the lack of prior notice when their shops were marked for removal in December 2023. Although a 24-hour ultimatum was issued, government agencies have yet to proceed with the demolition.
Similarly, Mrs. Gift, a thrift wear seller, recounted her shock upon learning about the signage on her shop entrance from a neighbor, with no advance notice provided.
While rumors circulate about the project’s cancellation, Mrs. Gift suggested that the government focus on addressing road potholes for improved transportation instead of an overhead bridge or road expansion.
Addressing the situation, Mr. Edwin, the chairman of business owners in the area, confirmed that their shops were initially earmarked for demolition.
However, he noted a shift in government plans, clarifying that the overhead bridge project has been abandoned, and shops will no longer be demolished.
However, calls made to Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the state government, seeking clarification on the statement made by the chairman of the business owners in the area went unanswered.
In light of this, business proprietors continue to harbor dissatisfaction and concern regarding the proposed project. They implore the government to thoroughly assess the economic conditions of the country before undertaking any actions.