Ebonyi State Authorities led by Governor David Umahi, on Monday, has commenced demolition of one of many main markets within the south east geopolitical zone, popularly referred to as ‘Abakaliki Constructing Supplies’.
It was gathered that troopers had on the early hours of Monday condoned the market and mandated the merchants to pack out with quick impact.
DAILY POST learnt that the merchants had been severally urged by the state authorities to pack out however they have been allegedly gradual to adjust to the federal government directives.
In a go to to the constructing supplies market, many merchants have been seen operating helter skelter attempting to pack out their items whereas authorities officers have been busy demolishing a few of the outlets.
Troopers and different safety companies have been stationed in strategic places of the market to information towards invasion of hoodlums and robbers to cart away items belonging to the merchants.
Talking with a few of the affected merchants, Mr. Obasi Chukwudi mentioned that the state authorities gave them to 31 of March, 2021 as deadline to pack out from the market however by no means anticipated forceful eviction.
He expressed dismay that the brand new website that’s positioned alongside Abakaliki/ Afikpo Federal street beside timber defend isn’t but accomplished.
“Authorities gave us order to pack out of this place to the brand new website however we didn’t comprehend it was pressing as a result of we thought they’d give us extra time to arrange ourselves.
“They gave us 1st March, 2021 and we thought they’d give us an extension of 1 week.
“Secondly, the brand new website has no wall nor safety, even the constructing has not been accomplished. It won’t solely have an effect on us alone however our households. Authorities ought to give us one week.”
One other sufferer, Mr. Okwudiri Uche, who narrated his beliefs, mentioned they took them unaware as a result of they by no means knew that the federal government led by David Umahi will begin the demolition of their outlets on 1st of March and, nevertheless, pleaded for an extension.
“We got here to the market this morning solely to see that safety companies had blocked the doorway of the market and stopped our motion and enterprise transactions. We by no means knew that the federal government would begin demolition as we speak, being 1st March. My store has been demolished. Authorities ought to give us extra time to complete the brand new website,” he famous.
Additionally, Mrs. Eze Ugwu acknowledged, “Our situation is so horrible, we by no means anticipated this sort of factor as a result of we’ve been asking the federal government since to present us time. Nothing has been accomplished within the new website. All of us see how COVID-19 affected our companies.
“Any individual that has 7children and also you pursue her, what did you count on her to do? How did you count on the situation of someone who ran from the Northern area to Ebonyi to do? Now, they mentioned no one ought to keep on the road nor on the street to commerce, which means they need us to die,” she lamented.
Nonetheless, one other sufferer who spoke on the situation of anonymity, mentioned that the state authorities officers have been extorting N20,000 naira from every of the merchants for staying past authorities stipulated time.
In a swift response, the Secretary to the State Authorities, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, mentioned he isn’t conscious of any extortion, “I’m not conscious of the extortion however I’ll name them on telephone now,” he mentioned.
He additional acknowledged that: “The aim to relocate the merchants to the brand new website was to decongest the capital metropolis which has been beautified by the state authorities led by Chief David Umahi,” he famous.