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Umahi begins demolition of Ebonyi Building Materials Market

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 instant impact.

DAILY POST learnt that the merchants had been severally urged by the state authorities to pack out however they had been allegedly sluggish to adjust to the federal government directives.

In a go to to the constructing supplies market, many merchants had been seen operating helter skelter making an attempt to pack out their items whereas authorities officers had been busy demolishing a number of the retailers.

Troopers and different safety businesses had been stationed in strategic areas of the market to information towards invasion of hoodlums and robbers to cart away items belonging to the merchants.

Talking with a number of the affected merchants, Mr. Obasi Chukwudi stated 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 web site that’s positioned alongside Abakaliki/ Afikpo Federal street beside timber defend just isn’t but accomplished.

“Authorities gave us order to pack out of this place to the brand new web site however we didn’t comprehend it was pressing as a result of we thought they might give us extra time to organize ourselves.

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“They gave us 1st March, 2021 and we thought they might give us an extension of 1 week.

“Secondly, the brand new web site has no wall nor safety, even the constructing has not been accomplished. It is not going to 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, stated 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 retailers on 1st of March and, nonetheless, pleaded for an extension.

“We got here to the market this morning solely to see that safety businesses 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 at the moment, being 1st March. My store has been demolished. Authorities ought to give us extra time to complete the brand new web site,” he famous.

Additionally, Mrs. Eze Ugwu said, “Our situation is so horrible, we by no means anticipated this type of factor as a result of now we have been asking the federal government since to provide us time. Nothing has been completed within the new web site. All of us see how COVID-19 affected our companies.

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“Someone that has 7children and also you pursue her, what did you count on her to do? How did you count on the situation of anyone who ran from the Northern area to Ebonyi to do? Now, they stated no one ought to keep on the road nor on the street to commerce, which means they need us to die,” she lamented.

Nevertheless, one other sufferer who spoke on the situation of anonymity, stated that the state authorities officers had 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, stated he’s not conscious of any extortion, “I’m not conscious of the extortion however I’ll name them on cellphone now,” he stated.

He additional said that: “The aim to relocate the merchants to the brand new web site was to decongest the capital metropolis which has been beautified by the state authorities led by Chief David Umahi,” he famous.

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