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Abia government to begin demolition of illegal structures in Aba; cautions against singing governor’s praises

The government of Abia State has said that it will commence demolition of all structures, property, stalls and shops which encroach into the roads in Aba the commercial capital of the state after seven days.
The government has also notified all radio stations and electronic media channels in the state to withdraw all praise-singing jingles that are eulogizing the name and person of the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, saying that the governor is not interested in such things.
These decisions of the government are contained in two different press releases signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Godwin Adindu.
According to Adindu, the government in a notice, has informed all property owners in the Aba metropolis and the general public that, in line with the government’s commitment towards the rebuilding of the city of Aba, which necessitated the establishment of the Aba Urban Renewal Office, the agencies of government will commence a demolition exercise within seven days of the notice.
The properties to be demolished include but are not limited to buildings on service lanes, illegal shops, illegal fences and such other structures that constitute a blockade to the free flow of traffic and drainage.
“You cannot make omelet without breaking eggs,” the statement said stressing that “if we must have the Aba city of our dream, we must be ready to make the utmost sacrifice.”
The Dr. Ikpeazu government therefore called on all concerned to take appropriate measures before the arrival of the bull-dozers.
Mr. Adindu in another statement called on individuals and political groups who mean well for the governor and are expressing their love and satisfaction through jingles and music to hold their peace as the governor has moved on to another level of work and service delivery to the people.
He also advised jingle producers and itinerant CD marketers to stop producing or playing jingles that eulogize the name of the governor to high heavens, but to deploy their energy to other meaningful endeavour that will add values to the state.
Adindu disclosed that part of the vision of the governor is to chart a new course for the state and this involves jettisoning some old ways that do not add to governance, adding that the campaign and the elections are over and that it is now time for governance and service to the people which are the major preoccupation of Governor Ikpeazu for now.
While disclosing that the governor has started work in earnest, Adindu said it is the vision of the governor that his reputation in government will not be a media creation but will flow naturally from his capacity for work, service and performance and that the governor is set to achieve these three values.
He further informed the public that what the governor require of them now is their understanding , support and cooperation with government towards the successful execution of the ongoing projects in Aba and other parts of the state and not praise-singing.

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