In the capital city of Enugu, the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) has restored highways and streets that had been taken over by traders and craftsmen who had transformed them into illegal stores and mechanic workshops in order to make money.
A Development Control activity carried out by the agency at Reno layout, Emene Enugu, Enugu, yesterday resulted in the demolition of over 150 illegal shops, shanties and fences as well as mechanic workshops, warehouses and factories located in residential areas, in an effort to restore the city’s master plan.
Dr. Josef Onoh, Chairman of the ECTDA, stated that the affected individuals had been given more than a year notice to evacuate the converted streets, but they remained resistant, resulting in the execution of the development control action by the agency.
Onoh added that the government of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is so compassionate that it stimulates and supports the growth of small-scale companies, but that this does not come at the expense of the development plan for the capital city of Nigeria.
It was pointed out that the ECTDA has no business dealing with land acquisition or annexation in the process of demolishing the shanties, and that the action was in accordance with a public notice published in the media on December 31, 2020, in which the agency warned that it would carry out general development control activities in every nook and cranny of the capital territory.
“Development Human people need to be able to live in a peaceful environment and enjoy the rights guaranteed to them by the law, which means that control must be maintained on a continual basis in any civilized society. It is believed that these exercises are required in order to ensure that such rights are not violated, and as a result, the capital territory will continue destruction of unlawful constructions indefinitely until sanity is restored.
We are using this exercise to notify all residents of the capital territory who have converted their fences into illegal shops, mini stores, and containers that the development control exercise will still reach them, and we are giving them the final warning to remove these illegal structures because the agency is now back in full force to sanitize the city, Onoh explained. ”
He explained that the governor was enraged by the rate at which visitors were having difficulty accessing the city from main entry points, which resulted in his intervention in the New Market area and the vow to expand such measures to other parts of the city.
“We will continue our enforcement to guarantee that the remaining traders at the electrical sector in Kenyatta are transferred to the new Kenyetta by force if they do not agree to move peacefully,” said the Deputy Director of Enforcement. They’ve exhausted all of their available defenses. The same will be true for the traders in Orie-Emene since the ECDTA will be arriving there, as well as the dealers in Abakpa and, in particular, the traders on Mayor Street who are on the roadways. These things are incompatible with Ugwuanyi’s vision for the city’s future.
The offenders have taken advantage of our tolerance and goodwill, and we will take steps to guarantee that they all comply, despite the fact that humans are not animals. We would not apologize for any demolition that is carried out for the better good of the whole Enugu community,” Onoh continued.