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Ihedioha faults demolition by Imo

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
18 July 2016   |   1:31 am
Immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, wants the Rochas Okorocha led government to have a rethink on its urban renewal programme and expansion of roads.
 Emeka Ihedioha

Emeka Ihedioha

Immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, wants the Rochas Okorocha led government to have a rethink on its urban renewal programme and expansion of roads.

He stated that it was not the best decision at the present time, insisting that the roads in question are already passable.

A statement yesterday, signed by Chibuike Onyeukwu, regretted that huge resources were wasted, demolishing houses built by the people with their hard earned money, without compensations.

This is coming as the General Manager of the Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Jeff Nwoha, allayed the fears by the people that Owerri would be flooded during the wet season, following the blocked drainages as a result of the demolition work. Nwoha noted that the commission distillated the drainages, before work began, urging residents in the city to cart away their wastes at the designated areas.

But addressing journalists yesterday in Owerri, Nwoha, countered the argument, stating: “ENTRACO distillated all the water channels before the 2016 raining season began.

“Residents are expected to dump their domestic wastes at designated collection point from where the commission’s workers will dispose the wastes to dump sites before the day break’’, he said.

He noted with concern that not obeying the timing directive by some residents and dumping of wastes into the drainages and at unauthorized places was a huge challenge to the commission. If the people will co-operate with them on the management of wastes, no part of Owerri will experience flooding now till the completion of the roads expansion project.