IN ITS determination to rid the state of filth and promote sanity in the construction industry according to international best practices, the Anambra State Government through its agency, the physical planning board has expressed its commitment towards dislodging all forms of illegal structures, shanties and markets that obstruct free flow of traffic, blocking drainage channels and those constituting public nuisance.
The chairman, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Chike Maduekwe who gave the indication while speaking to the press in Awka, spoke of the board’s visit to kara in Ogbaru Local Government Council Area where illegal shanties, brothels and illegal structures were demolished.
Maduekwe noted that the exercise is ongoing and will be replicated in similar spots in the state to restore environmental sanity.
According to the chairman, government is not interested in destroying the legitimate businesses of people, but is opposed to illegal structures springing up in unauthorized places which constitute security threats and provide safe havens for miscreants and hoodlums.
Reacting to the development, a former Awka Zonal Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Medical Director of the Zion Hospital Nawfia, Dr. Oliver Onwughalu spoke against the creation of illegal structures as counter-productive and offensive.
According to Dr. Onwughalu, illegal structures, blocking drainage channel, blocking access roads and over clustering of people in an area have far reaching medical challenges capable of spreading diseases through poor hygiene, improper disposing of waste and other negative consequences.
The medical expert expects that such shanties be dislodged urgently and people be made to adhere strictly to international best practices.
He further suggested that efforts be made by the state government to relocate markets concentrated in the heart of cities to its outskirts and the filling of the vacuum with modern market plazas with well-built parking lots.
Dr. Onwughalu dismissed all forms of street trading as counterproductive.