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Soludo vows to get rid of “age long” motor park touts in Onitsha



Anambra State governor, Prof. Charles Soludo at Upper Iweka in Onitsha on Friday
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Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo has resolved to get rid of touting activities in the commercial city of Onitsha.

The governor who paid an unscheduled visit to the upper Iweka in the commercial city said, it would not be business as usual where touts and illegal structures persist as he was determined to rise to the occasion. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He announced strict rules which motor park administrator must adhere to, assuring the Ndi Anambra that the city would be cleaned up, adding that all vehicles must operate within the garages, not loading on the established walkways.

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He threatened to lock up any garage that disobey the rules, insisting that the Upper Iweka would no longer be a den for touts and criminals.

The governor said: “From Moore Street-Iweka Road through Ochanja, down to Owerri Road we are fixing and cleaning up the area to make it clean. All petty traders along the road will be relocated to Oduigbo and Ogbaru.”.

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He decried how the transport buses blocked the drainages, ordering them to leave the spots and start loading inside their respective parks.

The governor stressed the disorderliness and lawlessness in Onitsha is driving away customers who intend to come from far away to trade in the state and warned criminal elements perpetrating illegality and criminality in the state to leave or face the full weight of the law.

“If you must remain in Anambra, you must be gainfully employed. If you are jobless, enroll in the one youth two skills to be empowered. Those who completed the pilot phase will be empowered very soon”, he added.

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On his part, the TC Chairman of Onitsha South, Mr. Emeka Orji, who was tasked by the governor to ensure that transport bus companies that keep loading on drainages are sealed up, lauded the governor for coming to ascertain the outlook of the area.

Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief Protocol officer, Hon Chinedu Nwoye (Glamour), Commissioner for Youth Mr Patrick Agha Mba, among others accompanied the Governor to the visit.

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