PDP ,Street traders at Obikabia and Opobo junctions, Ogbor Hill in Aba, have been given seven days to vacate the streets and move into approved markets in the city.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tony Nwamuo, who gave the ultimatum when he led a task force team comprising the ministry of environment, APUMA, and TIMAAS to the locations, also called on the management of Crunchies, an eatery In Aba. The owner of a fish pond within the area to work out proper ways of channeling their wastewater.
Nwamuo disclosed that the visit complied with the State Governor’s orders, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, to restore sanity within that axis where traders and Keke operators’ illicit activities are causing much damage to the newly constructed roads.
He emphasized that the state government will not tolerate such destructive and unpatriotic acts but expects everyone to join hands with the government in its well-acknowledged efforts to improve the state’s facilities and aesthetics.
Speaking, the General Manager of Abia State Public Utilities Maintenance Agency (APUMA), Mr. Abraham Akpulonu, and his Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMASS) counterpart, Commander Bright Ikeokwu, revealed that the agencies were embarking on clearing the city of illegal structures along the junctions and grassing of the areas.
He urged the people, including Keke operators, to obey the vacation order within the stipulated period. Work will begin in the affected areas immediately, adding that no form of hindrance by any person or group of persons will be condoned.
Speaking with reporters, one of the traders, Mrs. Calista Ananaba, revealed that their annual rent for each shop is Forty-Five Thousand Naira. Simultaneously, Mr. Chinyeaka Azubuike and Mr. Young Nwangwa appealed to the State government to address the illegal loading of passengers at the junction.