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Traders, artisans weep as OCDA demolishes shops, business centres in Imo




Artisans and merchants at Perry Nwanguma, round 40-40 Junction, new Owerri, the Imo State capital, watched helplessly on Tuesday as officers of the Owerri Capital Growth Authority (OCDA) demolished many outlets and enterprise centres within the space.

DAILY POST gathered that merchants and different artisans working within the space counted their losses shortly after bulldozers turned their items, shops into rubble round 8am yesterday.

Our correspondent was knowledgeable that some merchants and artisans hurriedly moved out a few of their wares and instruments, whereas lots of them couldn’t due to the 24-hour quick discover by the state authorities company.

They described the OCDA demolition train as a catastrophe.

Many others interviewed whereas packing their wares expressed fears that hardship awaits lots of them if the Imo State Authorities continues the demolition train.

One of many affected merchants , Mr Uche Iwu stated, “We don’t have shanties right here , what we now have listed here are outlets and enterprise centres. If the Imo State Authorities is critical about demolishing shanties they need to go to Ama-Awusa by Douglas Street, not right here. We consider that this authorities will not be honest.

“In the event that they need to chase us away, they need to at the very least give us an alternate but it surely simply gave us one days’ discover to depart.”

Recall that the Imo State Authorities had ordered merchants, mechanics and different artisans working in shanties on Monday to vacate the IMSU again gate to Chukwuma Nwoha Street extending to Egbu Street, Hospital junction to World Financial institution roundabout.

Different roads talked about embody Assumpta Roundabout and Management by submit, Orji Flyover and its environs, Amakohia Flyover and it environs, Akwakuma roundabout, Emmanuel School roundabout, Royce Street/Rotibi Avenue, Mbaise Street by Douglas roundabout and all different areas throughout the capital territory the place shanties are situated.

The warning was issued by Engr Harmless Ikechukwu Ikpamezie, Basic Supervisor, Owerri Capital Growth Authority (OCDA).

Ikpamezie stated homeowners of the shanties and avenue merchants are suggested to take away and evacuate Instantly.

He stated the train might be carried out by OCDA at the side of ENTRACO and different related authorities businesses which can be poised to make sure the sanitization of all streets and prosecute offenders.

The sanitization train may also contain the eradication of avenue buying and selling inside and across the authorities home roundabout.

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