S3x workers, Obiano at war over demolition of shanties.
The demolition of illegal structures on the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway by the Anambra State Government has displaced some s3x workers.
Also dislodged by the demolition were some urchins believed to specialise in snatching people’s personal effects in the area.
Speaking with Southern City News on Friday, the leader of the s3x workers in the area, who identified herself as Linda, berated the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, for approving the demolition.
She said, “So, this place has suddenly become ‘illegal structures’? This was where we voted for Obiano in the November 18 election.
“Why didn’t they demolish the so-called shanties before the election?
The governor did not even consider giving us a notice before carrying this action. This is inhuman. We are human beings and we have the rights to shelter.
“But one thing is clear, nobody can force us out of this place. We shall obtain approved plans and build here. Nobody can render us homeless and jobless.”
The demolished structures cut across both lanes of the highway in the toll gate area of the commercial city.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, directed the Physical Planning Board, Head of Development Control, Army, Police, the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra Brigade among others, to rid the state of illegal structures and shanties.
The Security Adviser to the governor, Chief Chikodi Anara, confirmed the demolition, stressing that the occupants polluted and defaced the area with human waste and other materials.
The General Manager, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mrs. Ngozi Atisele and the Head of Development Control, Awka Capital Authority, Mr. Victor Okpoko, explained that the shanties were removed for security reasons.
The state government advised those still residing in such shanties in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and other areas of the state to relocate as government would no longer tolerate such structures in the state.
Anambra State government commences demolition of illegal structures
Anambra State government on Thursday commenced demolition of illegal structures allegedly used by criminals and prostitutes at toll gate axis of Onitsha-Enugu, Express way.
This followed a directives given by Governor Willie Obiano to Physical Planning Board, Head of Development Control, Army, Police, Ocha Brigade among others, to rid the state of all illegal structures and shanties that provide hiding place for Criminals or Promote anti-social activities across the state.
The illegal structures which cut across both lanes of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway of the toll gate axis Onitsha were alleged to be a criminal hide out and a place where prostitutes and other miscreants engage in nefarious activities.
According to the Security Adviser to the Governor, Chief Chikodi Anara, the occupants of the areas equally pollute and deface the areas with human waste and other materials.
Speaking on the demolition exercise, the General Manager Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mrs Ngozi Atisele and the Head of Development Control, Awka Capital Authority, Mr. Victor Okpoko, explained that the shanties were removed for security reasons and called on people residing in shanties in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and other nooks and crannies of the State to pack out or relocate as government will no longer tolerate such structures in the state.
Some of the residents who spoke to ABS, Sunday Udeh, Vincent Akpu, Nwakasi Gabriel, Nnabuife Nwaonu and Chigbogu Eze, regretted that such acts occur in the place but appealed to the Governor to give them more time to relocate while others agreed that they will do the needful by building structures that will have approved plan as according to them, the area is the only place they get their livelihood.