Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Anambra State government has marked all illegally constructed shops for demolition in NASPA (New Auto Spare Parts Association), F-Line (Agbedo United Traders Association), and Zone-14 all in Nnewi.
The State Government, last month, had embarked on the removal of illegal structures and shop extensions erected on the tarred roads along Bright Street and White House axis of Onitsha Main Market.
These actions, Ikengaonline reported, followed Governor Soludo’s order that all market executives in the state decongest every entrance road into their various markets to make way for free flow of human and vehicular movements.
However, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Dr Obinna Ngonadi, yesterday, supervised the structures around the Nnewi markets in the company of the Chairman Anambra State Physical Planning Board Barr. Chike Maduekwe on Wednesday.
The Commissioner expressed displeasure on the way government property in NASPA market Nnewi were mishandled, while traders keep accusing government for failing to build market infrastructure.
He disclosed that NASPA office secretariat was built by the State government, and the ground floor has been converted to shops and sold to private individuals.
Similarly, the fire service office built inside the same market by the State government has been converted to shops and sold off, and the fire truck inside cannot be moved because of blocked spaces.
Parking spaces for vehicles were also covered with containers, shop extensions and attachments causing obstructions and nuisance inside the market.
Ngonadi called on the caretaker committee executives of the market and their task force to remove those attachments and shanties to free up spaces.
He warned that if the executives fail to comply with the directives, the State government will have no other option than to dissolve the committees to make way for those willing to partner with the government to build the State.