No fewer than 3,000 shops and 150,000 makeshift sheds were demolished on Thursday in Ibadan by the Oyo State Government, in line with its environmental initiative.
The demolition exercise also affected the Iyana Ojoo Motor Park under the Iwo road flyover.
The exercise came in the wake of the relocation of the garages under the Egbeda Local Government to the ultra-modern motor park located at Temidire Market on the new Ife-Ibadan expressway.
Yemi Aderibigbe, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Transport, said the demolition was being carried out after three-month notice given to the illegal occupants.
Aderibigbe, however, said government would construct a neighbourhood market to accommodate the displaced traders, despite the illegality involved in the action of those affected. He said that the state government was committed to reforming the state in all sectors.
The special adviser said the ultra-modern motor park at Temidire gulped more than N200 million.
Aderibigbe, who was accompanied by the state Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Dauda Oladimeji, said the exercise would only affect those in Egbeda Local Government Area.
He said commercial drivers in Lagelu, Oluyole and Akinyele Local Government Areas would also be relocated when their parks were completed.
Aderibigbe said the vacant space would be redesigned for the beatification initiative of the state government.