Demolition Of Ahia Udele/Waterside Abattoir: ‘We’re Happy With The Development, A Way Of Sanitising Aba’. Residents Say

Posted by Uche Nwosu | 2 years ago | 780 times



The recent demolition of Ahia Udele market, Aba, the commercial nerve center of Abia State by the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has continued to attract showers of commendations from the residents of Aba.

Just yesterday, February 4, 2022, the state government notified the traders of its good intentions of demolishing the market and therefore carefully relocated them to Good Morning Market and Omumauzor before embarking on the demolition exercise.

Elated by this development, some residents who saw the prompt action of the government on the market, appreciated abd in fact took to their social media platforms to appreciate Governor Ikpeazu, describing the development as necessary step towards the actualization of Aba transformation plan.

In his Facebook page, Mr. Felix Kalu Njoku, wrote that what Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration has done was a wonderful development aimed at bringing sanity to the area.

"Although it is brave decision to take, but these are the things we want the governor to continue to do, at the end of the day, people will appreciate it. They may not see it at the beginning, but at the end of the day, they will appreciate it and that is a good step in the right direction,” he stressed.

Reacting also, another Facebook user, Victor Nwosu argued that the demolition was not done with any bad intention, but in best interest of all residents of the state.

According to him, Ahia Udele was gradually becoming a haven for criminals and that what the government has done will no doubt check crime and enhance security around the area.

Nwosu pointed out that the shanties were used by criminal elements to hide and perpetuate crimes against law abiding citizens.

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Some people are claiming that the traders were not given enough notice to quit the market before the demolition exercise took place as required by law, but when situations like this arise, nobody will say they were adequately notified.

“There is no reason for anyone to be mischievous about the demolition. The Governor meant well for the State and that was why the leadership of the market was severally engaged before the government went on to demolish the market.

“Once again, the people should understand that the administration of Governor Ikpeazu has good intentions. I believe that once government comes on board with its plans for the market, we will all commend government for a job well done and appreciate the action taken” Nwosu said.

In her own reaction, one Mary Uka similarly wrote, “the plans of the State Government was to make the once Ahia Udele, to be a place where everyone will be proud of.

“I am very much aware that the government gave the traders enough notice. The duty of regulating and maintaining the environment for the overriding public interest is paramount in the state.

“I just want to implore our people to cooperate with the government because the administration of Ikpeazu has good plans for the people,” she added.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

 


Source: Uche Nwosu

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