person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder August 10, 2018 16:05:15

By Okolonji Okechukwu/Stan Emeka Ataka

Onitsha, Aug. 10, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has restated his desire to restore the lost glory of Onitsha and environs.

Obiano said this during a recent inspection of the area that once served as an illegal settlement at the Marine axis of Onitsha.

The Government had order the Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB) in conjunction with other relevant Government agencies to remove the settlement, acclaimed as harbouring criminal elements.

The physical sanitation of the area was questionable as the area lacked all facilities that could make live worth living.

``We want to restore the fading glory of Onitsha for which the city has been known for many years. Illegal structures will no longer be tolerated in the area.

``It is a continuation of the state’s desire to rid our cities of all forms of shanties and hide outs for criminals as well as social undesirables,’’ Obiano said.

The Governor commended the Chairman of Anambra State Physical Planning Board, the Ministry of Lands, Police and other agencies for cooperating over the removal exercise.

``I urge you people not to relent as this administration wants residents of Onitsha to sleep with their two eyes closed and restore the aesthetics that Onitsha has over the years been known for,’’ Obiano said

He pointed out that most people living at the Marine axis were people from adjoining towns to Onitsha.

``They should go back home, so that I can support them to do better work than hanging about at such squalid settlement.’’

Chairman, ANSPPB Mr Chike Maduekwe thanked Gov. Obiano for striving to restore the aesthetics of Onitsha and beautifying the state in general.

``After a re-development of Marine, the occupants will surely know why they were asked to vacate the place,’’ Maduekwe re-assured. (MOI)