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By Mazi Odera
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Governor Peter Obi has debunked insinuations that the shutdown of illegal markets and the removal of illegal structures at Bridge Head end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway is targeted at non indigenes. Governor Obi, who was speaking while inspecting work in the area, said the exercise is aimed at rebuilding and repositioning Onitsha as one of the ten largest cities in the country. He said that more illegal markets and structures would be demolished to make Onitsha a livable city by all standards.

Governor Obi stated that many states in the country are engaged in rebuilding their major cities to meet the demands of the time, and Anambra would not be an exception. He noted that the State has remained hospitable and has continued to accommodate non indigenes even in its civil service. He made it clear that both indigenes and non indigenes should live within the law of the State.

Governor Obi stressed that the on-going rebuilding exercise is not aimed at displacing anybody, but rather at creating a better business environment that would benefit the traders. He said that those affected had been relocated to better sites and assured those yet to be relocated that Government would not live them to suffer.

The Governor warned that any obstruction to the on-going reconstruction work would attract serious sanction, and that any vehicle parked at the site would be confiscated.

One of the traders, Mr. Nnamdi Onyeharam commended the courage and political will of the Governor in embarking on the project and urged other traders to give the Government all necessary support for the collective interest of the State