The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Thursday issued a notice to residents of Aba, alerting them of his government’s decision to demolish illegal structures in the city.
Mr. Ikpeazu, who made this known in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, said the action is part of measures to rebuild the commercial city.
“The Government of Abia State is by this notice informing all property owners in the Aba metropolis and the general public that, in line with the government’s commitment towards the rebuilding of the city of Aba, which necessitated the establishment of the Aba Urban Renewal Office, the agencies of government will commence a demolition exercise of all structures, property, stalls and shop which encroach into the road, seven days from this announcement,” Mr. Adindu indicated.
“The properties to be demolished include but not limited to buildings on service lanes, illegal shops, illegal fences and such other structures that constitute a blockade to the free flow of traffic and drainage.”
Just like one cannot make an omelet without breaking an egg, the CPS said the people must be prepared to make utmost sacrifices to rebuild the once flourishing commercial city.
“Government, therefore, calls on all concerned to take appropriate measures before the arrival of the bull-dozers,” Mr. Adindu concluded.
Mr. Ikpeazu had while campaigning for the governorship of the state promised to rebuild Aba after decades of neglect by successive governments in the state.
Shortly after he was sworn in to office, the governor rolled out an ambitious plan to rebuild the city and restore its commercial viability.