- Last Updated on 13 January 2013
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Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday shuts down the illegal markets on both sides of the stretch of roads from the Bridge Head, Onitsha to Zik's round about and all other illegal markets along the dual carriage way from Awka to Onitsha. The Governor made this announcement yesterday during the inspection of the on- going reconstruction work on the road.
A visibly angry Obi lamented that he had for years used persuasion and appeal to reason to let those trading along that axis to leave, but that they persisted. Almost shouting at them yesterday, he lamented that those insisting on not leaving are mostly not from Anambra State and asked them if they do same in their states. In the Governor's words: "I decided from the beginning to treat you as human beings that you are, but you have refused to cooperate. I knew what it took me to persuade contractors working in Anambra State to cut their holidays short and resume work at their various sites. It is annoying that having resumed work, they are prevented on many sites from working because some people are trading on the sites, parking vehicles and even defecating. We shall no longer tolerate that. I hereby order the immediate shutting down of illegal markets along the road. Before the end of the month, we shall relocate to Onitsha to monitor things ourselves until the town and all our other towns return to its old glory. We must forceful demonstrate that Onitsha and any part of Anambra State is not meant for pigs, but for humans."
On why he appears to be descending so hard, Obi explained that his Government has saved money to work for the people in all sectors and that he would not allow any individual to scuttle the projects lined up for execution or become a clog in the wheels of progress.
In another development, the Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has commended Gov. Obi for all his efforts towards making life easy for the people through what he called grassroots development. He said this at Cathedral Church of St Peters, Asaba yesterday during the presentation of 5 Archbishops.
He said that those in authority had a lot to learn from Gov. Obi’s humility, commitment and positive partnership with the Church on education, healthcare delivery and other areas. “It pays to take the Church as a partner in promoting a healthy society where the ethics of Christ reign Supreme,” the Primate said.
In his own remarks, the Governor said there was need to promote new consciousness by all and sundry towards rediscovering the Christian values. He called on the Church to continue to pray for those in positions of authority to use it to for the advancement of the society.