Group condemns demolition of markets in Onitsha
A group, the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), has condemned the demolition last week of Wolliwo markets along Port Harcourt road in Onitsha, Anambra State by the state’s Physical and Town Planning Authority (ASPTPA).
The group, which is an umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South-East geopolitical zone appealed to the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano to intervene and save the people from more hardship as the ASPTPA has promised to come back on Tuesday, November 30 to demolish more markets.
President General of COSEYL, Hon. Goodluck Ibem, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Awka, described the action as a very wrong way to say ‘thank you to Ndi-Anambra for voting Prof. Charles Soludo in the last gubernatorial election in the state.
They contended that the demolition has led to the hardship of so many petty traders who depend on daily sales and income from the market to feed their families.
They further noted that traders in Wolliwo markets are people, who really need assistance from the government to make ends meet, adding that they are poor and downtrodden.
The statement reads: “Demolition of their only source of livelihood means to send them to meet their maker when their time is not due. This action by ASPTPA is totally condemnable.
“We are all aware that the present economic situation in the country is biting hard on so many families and demolition of the only source of livelihood for the poor and downtrodden is insensitivity on the part of the state government.
“Information available to us shows that some of the traders are hospitalised and others taking treatments in various hospitals..Even the Holy Bible admonishes us to take care of the poor ones among us.”