Occupants of shanties, slums get final quit notice as Abia govt begins demolition

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Abia State government has given the occupants of slums behind Okigwe Park, Umuahia, up to Thursday this week to move out from the area.

It said bulldozers will move in on Friday.

The Chairman of Abia State harmonized taskforce and commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Uzo Nwachukwu handed down the ultimatum when he led members of the steering committee to the area.

Nwachukwu disclosed that the Abia State government will commence demolition of the slums by Friday, explaining that the area will be cleared to accommodate all illegal motor parks situated around the Isigate axis of Umuahia.

According to him, operators of the illegal motor parks scattered around Isigate have been directed to relocate to Okigwe Motor Park, and Aba Park, pending when the central motor park the state government was providing would be made ready for them.

He pointed out that the present administration was committed to ridding the state of touts, slums and providing a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

Also speaking, the General Manager of Umuahia Capital Development Authority, Mr Kingsley Agomoh and the Chairman of Umuahia North LGA, Victor Ikeji said trading around Isigate Umuahia and adjoining streets would also be stopped soon.

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