Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) has commenced demolition of illegal structures across Awka metropolis.
The Anambra State Ministry of Information and Communications news bulletin reports 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 that the roadside sellers 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 Anambra state government aimed at creating a more befitting and beautiful environment.
“The demolition is not against them selling their goods, but for betterment of Awka city,’’ the official explained.
Another official known simply as Uche said that announcement had been ongoing for the people to vacate their illegal structures.
He added that demolition was carried on 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 trader who sells food stuff at the popular small market at UNIZIK junction called on government to provide a better alternative to them.
“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’’.