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Displaced shop owners in Apapa Amusement Park complain of economic hardship

26 September 2013, 20:04

Lagos - Shop owners and food vendors displaced from the demolished Apapa Amusement Park, Lagos, on Thursday bemoaned the economic hardship experienced by their families after the demolition of the park.

They complained about plight in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

A former shop owner near the amusement park, Marcus Israel, told NAN that after the demolition of the park, he found it difficult to provide food for members of his family.

Israel said that he was expecting the Lagos State Government to start the reconstruction of a new amusement park to bring back activities in the area.

"Since the demolition of the park, it has been difficult providing for my family because this is where I used to sell things for my daily bread.

"I want the state government to come to our aid and rebuild the park to bring activities back here,’’ he said.

Another former shop owner in the park, Emmanuel Alaba, told NAN that there was evidence of building materials

being brought into the area for reconstruction of the park.

He said that workers and contractors were around rebuilding the broken fence.

"I believe that government has contracted a company to build a modern amusement park in the area; you can see the workers rebuilding the fence.

"I want this expectation to become a reality by living to see that a new amusement park is constructed,’’ Alaba said.

A food vendor, Funmi Mohammed, said that she came to sell foods to auto- mechanics occupying the area.

She said that patronage had become too low compared to when the park was in existence.

"I used to come around this place on Val Day or any festival to sell food.  After the demolition of the park, it is only auto-mobile mechanics that are occupying the area.

"In fact patronage is very low,’’ Mohammed said.

NAN reports that the park was demolished by the Lagos State Government in 2012 to sanitise the area and probably build a modern park.

NAN also reports that the area is now occupied by auto-mobile mechanics.

However, some building materials have been brought to the site and workers were seen rebuilding the damaged

fence of the park.


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