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We’ll restore Onitsha’s lost glory – Soludo

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, at a meeting with Onitsha landlords, yesterday, at Sharon House by All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha,  assured that his government is committed to repositioning Onitsha back to its glorious past.

  Governor Soludo regretted that Onitsha, which until recently was one of the biggest commercial cities in Africa, is almost ‘dead’ as a result of the decadence that had set in and emphasised that his administration will restore law and order, as well as re-enact the Onitsha master plan, restore the Greater Onitsha Water Scheme, digitilise lands and assets in Anambra State, among others.

  He noted that landlords will benefit more if the city is reclaimed with new investments coming in as it will ultimately add value to their assets.

   He revealed that in developed world, cities are planned to include pedestrians’ walkways, provision of convenience in public spaces, provision of relaxation spots for people to relax and enjoy.

  The governor also spoke on the on-going desilting of Sakamori drainage, noting that  there are buildings obstructing the free flow of flood water and that such illegal developers who were given two weeks of grace, risked demolition

  He further reassured that no person in Anambra markets, roads and elsewhere will be allowed to collect money acruable to government as revenue, adding  that such monies will be paid directly into the government coffers.

   He called on the landlords and stakeholders to support and cooperate with the government in its determination to restore Onitsha back to its past glory.

   According to him, if Onitsha is resurrected, Anambra State will be unstoppable in terms of the immense economic gains that will accrue to the people and government.He assured that the ultimate goal is to make living and shopping in Onitsha a pleasurable experience for all.

    Some landlords and stakeholders who spoke during the meeting including the Chairman of Stakeholders in Onitsha North, Chief Albert Okechukwu Ibekwe, Dr. Oge Adinu, Rex-Wilson Anyaora, Azubuike Azor, Okechukwu Ibekwe, among others, outlined some of the challenges and suggested some immediate and long term solutions such as construction of cemetery, government intervention at the Nkisi-Aroli, nipping of insecurity in the bud, dualisation of GRA 3-3 Road, social re-orientation, construction of flyover at Ogidi Market, setting up of dedicated enforcement team, among others.

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