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Demolition Of Aba Illegal Structures Wasn’t Selective, Abia Govt Insists

Posted: Oct 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Valentine Amanze, Lagos

Abia State government has denied embarking on selective destruction of illegal structures in Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre, as alleged by

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, the state government explained that it was not victimizing APGA members and Aba residents, who did not vote for PDP.

His words: “This allegation by APGA is a misguided and ill-conceived aggression against a government that is genuinely seeking to ameliorate the bad situation of infrastructural decay of Aba, which has been a major sentiment for a long time now. There is no selective pattern in the demolition exercise. There is no target. What is being destroyed is any illegal structure that contravenes town planning regulations.

“If the government should think or behave in relation to who voted or did not vote for PDP, it will not start its developmental work in Aba at all in view of the voting pattern in the elections. The two local councils in Aba metropolis gave us 12,450 votes or 5.01 per cent of our 248,459 votes. They gave APGA 56,216 votes or 33.99 per cent of its 165,406 votes. Thus, if Governor Ikpeazu is driving his developmental agenda as a reward for electoral victory, he would not have started in Aba. But, to us, Aba is beyond the voting trend of one election. Aba is beyond the election.”

He pointed out that Aba belongs to all Ndigbo and all Nigerians, stressing, “by developing Aba, the governor is developing a place that is home to all Nigerians and not a place that is home only to APGA people.”

Adindu explained that the spirit of the Aba Urban Renewal Drive was to change the narrative of Aba from a city of a lamentable meltdown to a modern city of order and decency.

“The governor is driving the agenda to reclaim the reputation of the city as the commercial hub of Nigeria, an epicentre of commerce and industry.

“And, he made it clear that in the process of the rebuilding effort, he will certainly step on toes. Nobody is being spared and nobody is being victimized but the contractors on site might exercise their discretion to delay demolition for technical purposes or to allow time for people to evacuate their properties. But, at the end, the structures will still be demolished.

“What the government is seeking is the greatest good for the greatest number.

“As far back as the time of Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, consultants engaged to understudy the problem of Aba recommended that not less than 2500 illegal houses built against flood flow must be pulled down to sanitize the city so that there will be free flow of flood and storm water. But, this was not implemented. You will recall that during the old Imo State when the then Col. Abdulkarim Adisa was the Military administrator, he pulled down a multi-storey building located off Faulks Road, Aba and forced the owner to pay cost of clearing the debris. So this is not the first time somebody has thought of sanitizing Aba. The only difference now is that somebody has the will based on the imperative need to do the right thing and administer an existing town and country act as regards town planning,’’ he said.

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