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Abia Issues Seven-Day Ultimatum Over Illegal Structures

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

IN keeping with its resolve to tackle the decay of infrastructure and save its commercial city of Aba from environmental decay, the Abia State government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to owners of illegal structures blocking drainages or encroaching into roads to demolish them or face subsequent actions.

The ultimatum was contained in a release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Godwin Adindu, which restated that it was the resolve to save the city that government’s created the Aba Renewal Office.

The release stressed, “The agencies of government will commence the demolition of all structures, property, stores and shops that encroach into the road within seven days from the notice.”

According to it, the property to be demolished include buildings on service lanes, illegal shops, illegal fencing or such other structures that constitute a blockade to the free flow of traffic and drainage.

“It cannot make omelet without breaking eggs, if we must have Aba City o our dreams, we must be ready to make more sacrifices, government, therefore, calls on all concerned to take measures by removing or demolishing such structures before the arrival of bulldozers”.

However, ahead of the commencement of the government’s action, owners of the illegal structures have started to demolish such properties.

Daily Independent investigations showed that owners of stores and buildings in Ariaria International Market, Faulks Road by Aba – Port Harcourt expressway and Osisioma had started to demolish such structures.

According to one of the traders seen demolishing a portion of his store, which projected beyond the original plan around the international market, Chukwuebuka Okoroeke, his action was to avoid the impending government embarrassment.