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Normalcy returns as Enugu government moves to recover recreational parks

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu)
23 November 2021   |   2:56 am
Following Indigenous Peoples of Biafra’s (IPOB) suspension of its sit-at-home order, socio-economic activities returned to Enugu State yesterday, as residents resumed their normal businesses.

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (right); Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ugonna Ibe (left) and former House of Representatives member, Hon. Gary Eneh, at the inspection of the Ude Ubaka Recreation Park in Enugu… yesterday. <br />

Following Indigenous Peoples of Biafra’s (IPOB) suspension of its sit-at-home order, socio-economic activities returned to Enugu State yesterday, as residents resumed their normal businesses.

Unlike previous Mondays where banks, schools and other public places closed their doors to activities following the cancelled sit-at-home order, there was a beehive of activities yesterday in Enugu and its environs.

Since August 9 this year, residents of the South-East have observed Mondays as sit-at-home by residents in compliance with IPOB’s directive, which is issued to protest against the Federal Government continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Although IPOB later cancelled the order and urged residents to resume their normal activities on Mondays, the calls yielded no positive impact, as residents continued the sit-at-home, especially after some purported enforcers of the order attacked some businesses and persons in major cities and towns in the South East.

However, activities peak in some areas of Enugu State, as banks and schools, especially private institutions resumed full operations.

BESIDES, the Enugu State Government, yesterday, declared that it would recover all recreational parks in the state by June 2022 and asked squatters and other illegal occupants to vacate them before the end of this year.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who visited Ude Ubaka Park on Agbani road, Ejindu Park at Coal Camp, Onwudiwe and Eze parks in Uwani, expressed sadness at the rate of encroachment on the facilities, distortions and other ongoing activities in them and told the occupants to relocate their businesses.

At the Ude Ubaka Park, the governor expressed surprise that the area had been leased out to organisations and individuals, who built permanent structures on the land, including four church buildings belonging.

There were also a three-storey residential building, mechanic workshops, shops and others belonging to various artisans.

Ugwuanyi told the occupants that the land belonged to the government and served as recreational parks, urging them to relocate or tender documents to show that the government duly awarded the land and approved the structures on them.