Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tension in Awka as two communities crash over where to cite Abattoir


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Tension in Awka, the capital of Anambra state on Wednesday following the disagreement between the Umuike village and the Awka South local government council over the site of an abattoir.
The council Chairman, Mr Azubuike Iloh, told newsmen in Awka that the 118.665 hectares of land at Agu-Awka had been cleared for construction work.
Iloh said the relocation of the slaughter house at Kwata meat market, Awka to Agu-Awka was to make place for a more hygienic and conducive atmosphere for such business.
“The existing abattoir is not conducive for meat handling. This government has taken cognisance of the deplorable condition of the slaughter facility and decided to find a more decent location,” he said.
The chairman said the state government properly acquired the land in 1996 while the construction of the abattoir actually began in 1997.
He also alleged that hoodlums had already vandalised the new abattoir building, adding that the extent of damage would cost the council more than N20 million.
The council boss said he was already compiling a report on the matter to the state governor and would as well copy the police for investigation.
Reacting, however, the Chairman of the Land Management Committee in Umuike, Chief Dilim Okafor, told newsmen in a chat that all documents concerning the ownership of the land was with them.
Okafor claimed that the land which was gazetted in 1990 had been released to them by the state government.
He denied the allegation that he went to the construction site in the company of some hoodlums who lynched the machine operator on the construction site.
Okafor also expressed concern with the new abattoir near the FIFA stadium under construction in Awka.
He, however, urged Gov. Willie Obiano to urgently intervene in the matte to avert any clash.

Okechukwu Onuegbu

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