Street traders and good vendors on Monday lamented the demolition of illegal structures by Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) across the Anambra State capital.
The state Ministry of Information and Communications news bulletin noted that the demolition, which is aimed at projecting Awka, the Anambra state capital in a more befitting manner, commenced at UNIZIK and Aroma junctions.
Mr. Tochukwu Anyim, an ACTDA official, said the street traders were given four months’ notice to get rid of the structures.
He noted, however, that it appeared that they did not take the quit notice with the seriousness attached to it.
Anyim added that the state government aims at creating a more befitting and beautiful environment.
“The demolition is not against them selling their goods, but it is for the betterment of Awka city,’’ the official explained.
Another official known simply as Uche said that the state government had for long advised owners of illegal structures to quit.
He added that the demolition was carried out at night to avoid casualties.
Mr. Benjamin Alofora, a businessman, said that the decision was a welcome development by government, as it would promote sanity and cleanliness in the state.
Mrs. Linda Oboh, a food vendor at the popular small market at UNIZIK junction called on government to provide a better alternative.
“The market place is a means of livelihood for us. Shop rent is expensive in Awka; that is the reason we settle for cheaper attached shops to be able to sell our goods,’’ she said.
Mrs. Chiamaka Obiora, a food vendor noted that even though they appreciate the idea of a facelift for Awka, “this our source of livelihood is now at stake’.”