By Rita Okonkwo
Anambra State government has marked illegally constructed shops for demolition in NASPA (New Auto Spare Parts Association), F-Line (Agbedo United Traders Association) and Zone-14 all in Nnewi.
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr Obinna Ngonadi, who supervised the structures around the markets in company of Chairman, state Physical Planning Board, Mr. Chike Maduekwe, expressed displeasure at the way government’s property in NASPA market Nnewi was mishandled, while traders keep accusing government for failing to build market infrastructure.
He lamented that NASPA office secretariat was built by the state government and the ground floor had been converted to shops and sold to private individuals.
He also expressed disappointment that the fire service office built inside the same market by the state government has been converted to shops and sold off and the fire truck inside cannot be moved because of blocked spaces.
Ngonadi called on the caretaker committee executives of the market and their taskforce to remove those attachments and shanties to free up spaces, warning that if the executives failed to comply with the directives, the state government would dissolve the committees to make way for those willing to partner the government to build the state.
Maduekwe said failure to meet the standards and approval of the Planning Board, the illegal shops inside NASPA, Agbedo United, F-Line and Zone-14 be marked for demolition.