Friday, 24 June 2016

CD begs Anambra Govt. to reconsider market relocation in Onitsha


Onitsha (Anambra), July 11, 2016 (NAN) The Campaign for Democracy, a human rights group has urged the Anambra Government to reconsider its decision to move traders from the Coca cola agricultural market, Onitsha to a new location.

The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr Dede Uzor, made the call in a statement addressed to Gov. Willie Obiano and made available to newsmen on Monday in Onitsha.
The group expressed concern over the occupation of the market by security operatives against the wishes of the defenseless traders, mostly widows and widowers.
It noted that the new site located at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area, posed dangers occasioned by constant harassment and threats of traders by hoodlums and land owners.
They stressed that the reasons adduced by government officials for the relocation were false and unacceptable, saying that it was not enough to warrant the closure of the market.
“The report that the coca-cola market belonged to non-indigenes was not only false but criminal and wicked.
“The allegation that an average of 17 persons were knocked down by unsuspecting drivers within the market every week is not only false but a figment of the imagination of your aide.
“That the agricultural market was dangerously situated is a ploy to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it which should be totally rejected and frowned at,” the statement read.
The group said that the unplanned and sudden relocation of the market was allegedly masterminded by government officials, who have vested interest in the area.
The group urged the state government to construct a pedestrian bridge near the Coca cola market to reduce traffic crashes and casualties on the Onitsha express way.
“It is on record that about 90 per cent of the traders had refused to relocate to the new site instead, they chose to relocate to two plots of land at Silas works streets Fegge, Upper Iweka and Obodo-Ukwu road in Onitsha.
“Their presence in these areas is causing human and vehicular traffic, a serious work plan have to be made to find a lasting solution to this present challenges,” the group stressed.
It could be recalled that the traders were chased out of the market on May 23 by government agents and asked to move to the new site at Atani in Ogbaru local council area. (N

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