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Amawbia bypass: Occupiers of illegal structures to leave



OWNERS and occupiers of makeshift and illegal structures along Amawbia Bypass, into Enugu-Onitsha Expressway within Awka Capital Territory have been asked to remove them; else they will be demolished soon.

  This was  coming on the heels of their owners’ refusal to remove the illegal structures following the notice given to them after a fuel tanker explosion that sparked fire around the area last year claimed one life.

  Addressing occupiers of the structures, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa informed them that removal of the makeshift structures is in their interest and also in line with government’s fire prevention and safety policies.

  According to him, those shops and workshops are erected at wrong places where they can pose harm to society.

  This, Okwuosa stressed, is the agency’s determination to demolish them, explaining that there is a plan to build a mechanic village for the auto mechanics among the affected and a permanent relocation site, which he added is borne out of Gov. Obiano’s devotion to the welfare of every segment of the people.

  He also called on people living in the area to make at least two fire extinguishers available for their use in prevention of petroleum and electrical fire outbreaks, recommending

environmental clean-ups as another tip to curbing fire.

  Responding, one of the participants, Tony Chukwudozie appealed for the establishment of a lorry garage while yet another contributor,

Bartholomew Chinedu, described the idea as a welcome development that may not take long to get home pending when the mechanic village is ready.

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