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Obi to demolish structures blocking waterways

18 April 2013, 11:07

Anambra-  The Anambra government has threatened to demolish structures on waterways in Onitsha to save the town from anticipated flooding.

``The government will commence the demolition of structures and buildings on the waterways to save the area from impending flooding as predicted by experts,'' Gov. Peter Obi said in Onitsha, Anambra, on Wednesday.

Obi, who was inspecting the recently flooded areas in Okpoko community near Onitsha, which led to loss of goods and property, said the state government would no longer tolerate acts that would impede the flow of water in Onitsha and environs.

The governor, who commiserated with traders at the electronic market in Onitsha and others who lost goods and property in the flood, attributed it to the recklessness of those that blocked drainage channels with refuse.

``The state government will henceforth deal decisively with people dumping refuse in drainage systems across the state,’’ he warned.

He expressed regrets that some residents of Onitsha had continued to block the channels with refuse after billions of naira had been spent to construct adequate drainage system for the free flow and discharge of water.

``This government will no longer tolerate acts of irresponsibility and threats to the lives of residents of the state by a few unpatriotic individuals,'' he added.

Obi also directed those still trading on the roadsides to vacate immediately, while vehicles parked on the roads in Okpoko community and Onitsha-Enugu expressway should equally be removed.



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