By Fortune Ngozi Onwordi
Some residents of Asaba metropolis who live around the Dennis Osadebey Way from Traffic Light to Abraka Market have hailed the enforcement exercise of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), which saw the removal of shanties, makeshift mechanic workshops and illegal structures on the ever busy road.
The exercise started today, following the expiration of the deadline issued to owners of Illegal structures and shanties in some major roads in Asaba by the Agency.
A resident in the area, Mr. Chukwudi Okolo, said they have been waiting for the enforcement officials of the Agency to reach the area, wondering why it took so long for the wave of make over to reach the area.
“We have been waiting for the enforcement exercise to reach this area. We have seen the transformation that took place in DLA Road, Summit Road, Okpanam Road, etc. We want this area to also be cleaned up and beautified,” he said.
However, while speaking to newsmen, a business owner at the premises of Asaba Textile Mill admitted that shop owners in the area were duly informed but it was unfortunate that they could not all move their containers out of the way before the enforcement commenced.
Recall that on Friday, January 31st January, 2020, the Agency and the Oshimili South Local Government Council held a townhall meeting with the landlords, occupiers and property and business owners in the area in Asaba. During the meeting, the Director General of the Agency, Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, warned owners of such illegal structures to evacuate or risk being evicted by government operatives.
The clean up exercise will continue on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and is expected to see relocation of all mechanics to the new Asaba Mechanic Village.