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By Mazi Odera
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The State Government is to build three pedestrian bridges between Upper Iweka and Bridge-Head end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway. Governor Peter Obi announced this while inspecting roads in the area. The Governor said the pedestrian bridges were part of the safety measures to reduce accidents and ensure free flow of traffic in the area. He explained that the on-going up-grading of facilities in Onitsha is geared towards restoring the status of the commercial town as one of the ten biggest cities in the country.

The Governor directed traders in the various markets in the area to imbibe healthy sanitation culture and maintain clean environment in and around the markets. He warned that government will not hesitate to shut down any market with dirty environment or littered drainage system. He regretted that the new drains constructed in front of the Ogbaru main market has been converted to refuse dumps.

Addressing Aluminum materials dealers along the Oguta road Onitsha, Governor Obi enjoined them to keep the area clean and ensure prompt payment of sanitation fee for disposal of refuse.

He reminded them that street trading is no longer allowed and that the drains should be protected from abuse. The Transition Committee Chairman, Onitsha North, Mr. Eddie Okosi thanked the Governor for his unrelenting efforts in rebuilding Onitsha. He urged the traders to give the Governor all necessary cooperation in his development programmes in the State.