Saheed Adeleke is a bus driver and has lived in Pencinema area of Agege in Lagos for 25-years. In this interview with him, Adeleke tells DAILYFAMILY the essence of the demolition exercise in the area and the possible improvement it will bring to everyone working and resident there.
Can we meet you please?
My name is Saheed Adeleke
What do you do?
I am a bus driver.
What do you call this area of Pencinema?
We often call it railway. Railway, Balogun street.
What can you say about the government’s plan to ensure a better transportation project, which is the project ongoing?
What i can say about this project is that it is a good one and it will actually be useful for everyone of us. Though the reaction of residents has come in two ways but if the government will fulfill its promise by building displaced traders another shop, it will be a good one. We all know this place is the federal government’s land and at anytime, they can demand to use their land.
For how many years have you been here?
This is where i was born. I have spent all my childhood days here.
Like how many years will that be?
It is been 25-years ago.
From all the government construction moves that has been seen, what else do you think the government is doing for residents here.
Well i was able to gather so far that the government is making moves to build shops and some other things for displaced traders.
So far, what will you say has been the government’s effort?
Like it has been seen, the government is not resting about the project. They have brought big tractor and made this side of the road smooth for the next task. They said the train is going to go from here to Ibadan, we just pray the money won’t be much.