Enugu government, former commissioner at loggerheads over access roads
Former Commissioner of Lands, Enugu State, Okey Ogbodo and the Enugu State Government are at loggerheads over access roads around Agbani area of the state.
While the state government vowed, yesterday, that it would pull down the perimeter walls put up by the former commissioner and enforce the necessary sanctions on him for encroaching into Umuchu and Umueze streets in Agbani after the expiration of the grace period, the former Commissioner insisted that he would seek redress in court should anything happen to the walls he put.
Ogbodo, a commissioner during the Chimaroke Nnamani administration erected perimeter walls over Umuchu and Umueze Streets, thereby blocking access into them.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and residents of the area wrote a petition to the Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority (ESCTDA). The petition signed by the Church’s Parish Priest, Aneke Pascal, some leaders of the church and members of the area, alleged that with perimeter erected by Ogbodo, residents and other citizens had been denied easy access to their homes.
But Ogbodo in a petition through his Counsel, S.M Anyanwu, said the piece of land in question was an ancestral inheritance, bequeathed to him by his forefather.
Speaking on the matter, Commissioner of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, Mr Chidi Aroh stated that the claims had been investigated and ascertained to be true, that the former commissioner blocked entrances to some streets by erecting walls over them.