Ebonyi begins demolition of illegal structures


Ebonyi State Government, on Monday, disclosed that it would commence the demolition of illegal structures in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Commissioner for Capital City Development, Sunday Inyima told journalists that the exercise would commence Thursday, this week.

Inyima said the government had issued notice on the demolition last year.

He said the exercise was to sanitize the capital city and give it the status it deserved.

“The state government sometime last year issued notice of removal of illegal structures including containers and other illegal structures on the major roads and streets in the capital city. This was sometime November last year.

“We repeated the same information or directive around December. One of the areas we will be commencing this exercise is Water Works Road, Hausa Quarters; the road leading from flyover to the House of Assembly.

“These are the areas we are going to commence our operation and exercise this month. After our visit last year, people from the Hausa Quarters led by Sariki who is their leader and the secretary visited me in the office and told us that they are willing and ready to comply with the government directive,” he stated.

Leader of the Hausa community in the state, Alhaji Danjuma Gambo told reporters that the community was in support of government’s action.

He said: “We have intimated our people on what the government wants to do and we are supporting the government.

“What the government wants to do is for our own good. It is for all of us and that’s why we are supporting it.”

Gambo said the community will build good structures in the area in place of the illegal structures that would be removed by the state government.