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Illegal settlements in Onitsha gives way

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By Chioma Nwankwo

 

ANAMBRA State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB) in collaboration with Operation Healthy and Cleaner Anambra (OCHA Brigade), has finally removed the illegal settlement within the Onitsha metropolis.

The settlement is located at the Marine/Akpaka axis of the commercial city. The removal of the shanties is aimed at ridding the city of crime and criminality as well as ensuring sanity in the area.

The Zonal Commandant Ocha Brigade Onitsha North LGA, Mr Daniel Martins, said the residents were given two months notice to quit the area.

 

He added that the two months notice was sufficient enough to get the residents to vacate area.

“Initially, some of them did not take the quit notice seriously until they saw the bulldozers.

“Government aims at creating a more befitting environment for its citizens.

“We are not against them living in Onitsha, but we want to improve the quality and safety records of residential settlements in Onitsha,” Martins said.

 

According to him, some who took the announcement seriously vacated the area before our arrival.

Mrs Agnes Odalo, a resident of the shanty said the planned removal was a welcomed development by the residents since it was to bring about sanity by eradicating hoodlums in the area.

 

Another resident, Miss Nwakaego Okonkwo, said it was the low cost of renting accommodation in the area, compared to other areas of Onitsha that compelled them to opt for the shanties.

A yam seller residing in the area, Mrs Caroline Anekwe, with her eight children said she had no choice than move back to her village.

 

She did not name her village.

Chairman of ANSPPB, Mr Chike Maduekwe said in reaction that he was impressed at the orderly manner that his men carried out the job.

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