Owerri - The Imo government on Monday began the demolition of illegal structures in Owerri to give it a face lift.
Governor Rochas Okorocha said the move was make Owerri one of the cleanest state capitals in the country.
Okorocha, represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, decried the rate at which mechanics, other artisans and other individuals littered the city.
He directed all the artisans in the state capital to move to their permanent site in Avu in Owerri West Local Government Area.
"I want Imo to wear a new look that will be an envy of other states," he said.
The governor also expressed displeasure at commercial motorists who abandoned the designated parks to pick passengers on the road, thereby constituting obstruction on the highways.
Okorocha also warned articulated truck drivers to desist from plying Owerri roads during the day, adding that a task-force and mobile court had been constituted to prosecute offenders.
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Similarly, the governor decried the indiscriminate construction of churches in the state capital without approval, adding that such buildings would soon be demolished.
He lamented the massive damage erosion had caused in parts of the state and even Owerri, and blamed this on indiscriminate construction on waterways as well as non-compliance to the master plan.
Okorocha advised those building gates and caskets in Amakohia in Owerri North to move to the designated areas.
He appealed to indigenes of the state to bear with the government as it worked to transform the landscape of Owerri into a beautiful city.
A month ago, the governor declared the intension to transform the state into a model state, through a programme christened “Imo my Pride”.