The old Oshodi area of Lagos could be described in many ways. Apart from being a notorious hangout for hoodlums and petty criminals, it was known for its persistent traffic jams, noise and numerous makeshift stalls where hundreds of traders sold their wares.
A few years ago, before the Babatunde Fashola administration in Lagos decided to inject some sanity into the area, Oshodi was synonymous with chaos. Commercial activities took place in an atmosphere of absolute disorderliness. Motorists and commuters often had to contend with holdups that lasted several minutes, even hours, at a stretch, just as a powerful and offensive odour emanating from several heaps of refuse abandoned in the streets constantly filled the air.