By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Government says that it spared the illegal structures blocking the drainages in Aba, the commercial city of the state on compassionate ground. Government said that it had the political will to demolish them, especially as they constituted big hindrance to its efforts at building roads and control drainages in the city.
Vanguard learnt that over 1000 houses built on drainage line would have been demolished if the government had gone ahead with its earlier position to embark on the demolition of illegal structures in Aba. The illegal structures block the drainages designed in the original plan of the commercial city. The blockage of the drainages cause roads in the city not to last, the government had said.
Critics had blamed the government of not having the political will to demolish the structure. But Governor Theodore Orji last week disagreed with them, and gave reasons why he had not embarked on the demolition of the illegal structures.
Addressing Aba community comprising traditional rulers, traders, businessmen, captains of industry, lawyers, engineers, politicians, engineers, and other professionals, at Government House, Umuahia, Governor Orji said that he refused to embark on demolition on compassionate ground, especially due to the economic down turn.