The Informal Sector and a Mega-City like Challenges and Prospects
No doubt, Lagos has become of one of the metropolitan cities in Africa that has more people than it can manage. As a result of this, a lot more people find unorthodox but legitimate means of survival like roadside trading among other things. While this has created several undocumented but well-patronized markets and market stalls, the government most times swoop in, take over the market spaces, demolish the stalls and hands space over to developers to fit into a ‘master plan’ that no one can truly understand or confirm.
The question, however, remains that; where do these traders go when the structures through which they earn their daily keep are demolished.
Barely two months into the new administration in Lagos though, the demolition trucks are back in the name of ‘slum clearances’, ‘urban renewal’, ‘illegal structures demolitions’ and all sorts, creating a loss of livelihood of the lower-class in the society. From government to government has far back as the 1920s, what we have is an upsurge in the demolition of informal housing, markets, and production clusters in Lagos. Yet northing as really changed. Is their way for us to begin to rethink our strategies towards informality?
In the studio are:
Stan Uche - Host (Inspiration FM 92.3)
Deji Akinpelu - Host (Rethinking Lagos)
Gbenga Komolafe, General Secretary, Federation of Informal Workers' Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON).
FIWON is a membership-based organization of self - employed workers in the informal sectors of the Nigerian economy. FIWON’s overall goal is to transform the working and living conditions of informal workers to an acceptable standard that guarantees their basic human rights as citizens and workers.
A practicing architect, writer, designer, and Activist. After graduating from MIT, he returned home to Lagos, Nigeria with an aim to explore the concept of affordable luxury as well as the potential of creating innovative designs and systems to tackle indigenous large-scale problems.
At 35, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, was the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Lagos West Senatorial seat in 2019 General Election. He has a masters in research and public policy from Unilag.