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Onyeagocha blasts Imo govt … Says its policies lack human face

A former member of the House of Representatives and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Hon Uche Onyeagocha, has expressed regret over the sufferings of the people of Imo State as the state government’s urban renewal project continues, saying, “it  is indeed highly despicable that our dear state has now been turned into a jungle where rascality and use of brutal force have become the grand norm in the state.”
He said the present administration whose constitutional mandate is to protect the lives and property of its citizens has unfortunately turned the State into a terror zone thereby declaring war on its citizens.
Onyeagocha, in his release, stated:
“However, it has also been noticed that the prime intention of Governor Ethelbert Okorocha has always been to destroy people’s means of livelihood at a period when parents are expected to pay their children’s school fees. Both Eke Ukwu Owerri market, New market, Mechanic village and other markets in the state were all destroyed by Governor Okorocha towards the end of last year, where people were struggling to raise money to pay house rent, pay children’s school fees and others. This is only to destabilize and render the people hopeless, all in the name of urban renewal program.
“It is only a clueless government like this present administration that does not know that, all over the world, inner-city roads are not meant to be too wide. Also, it takes only a reasonable government to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Wetheral Road and Douglas Road. Rather, to reduce the traffic congestion in Wetheral road is a matter of fixing Dick Tiger road, Chukwuma Nwoha road, the road from Orji to Toronto to Road safety. Not destroying people’s properties and utility facilities in the name of road expansion,” Onyeagocha stated.
Some of the victims of the Urban Renewal programme expressed shock over the clampdown on their shops and wares at a period the economy is in shambles.
The Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Engr. Kingsley Uju, who is in charge of the operations, said that government had earlier given the traders a three-month notice to relocate, but that they refused to quit Douglas, Mbaise, Nworie Lane and Ama-awusa areas.

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