The shouts of ‘Willie is working ‘ was on the lips of the traders and other stakeholders in the different sections of the market after beholding the magnitude of the work done in the five days operation.
The chairman of Nnewi North local government area, Rt Hon Chukwudi Orizu who practically relocated to the market for the five days clean up exercise said the operation was in line with what the governor, Chief Willie Obiano is doing in Operation Keep Anambra Clean.
Rt Hon Orizu said the governor has directed all the chairmen in the twenty one local government areas in the state to as a matter of urgency desilt all the drainges in their areas.
He said the operation keep Nkwo Nnewi market clean became imperative due to a bad report from the market leaders about the havock wrecked by a rampaging flood which entered shops and stalls and destroyed so many articles of trade.
“The governor specifically detailed me to embark on opening up of all blocked drainages in the market to put an end to the menace of erosion and flooding.
“We discovered that the blockage was caused by used nylons, old tyres, bottles and plastics. The volume of the materials dumped in the drainages are so massive leading to a total blockage of water channels and its attendant flooding experience.” Rt Hon Orizu explained.
As part of efforts to put paid to the attitude of dumping wastes in gutters and drainages, the local government area boss said he has decided to have an interactive meeting with the market leaders.
He also observed with worry that shops have actually been built on water channels and drainages which he noted was responsible for the ugly flooding situation in the market and other areas in the town.
When reminded of the fact the the illegal shops erected on water channels were owned by supposed ‘bigmen’ in the society, Rt Hon Orizu said “I am not afraid of embarking on this cleaning up exercise no matter who is involved, I am not disputing the fact that the owners of the shops and stalls built in the wrong places may be bigmen but you should know that nobody is bigger than the government. Nobody is above the law. The law will take it’s course. This cleaning up exercise is for the betterment of all the traders, it has nothing to do with me.” He said.
In his comment, a stakeholder Mr Ubajekwe Eloka, chairman Fairly Used Motorcycle Dealers Association (FUMDA) said the market leadership have been spending fortunes to clean up the market.
He noted that they have attempted to open up the blocked drainages but realized midway that they don’t have facilities to remove concrete material used to block the water channels in certain places.
Ubajekwe applauded the Anambra state governor, the Nnewi North council boss, commissioners and other government officials involved in the cleaning up exercise even as he promised that the market leaders would set up a powerful taskforce that will ensure that the gutters, drainages and water channels are kept clean at all times.
Pix: Rt Hon Orizu getting set to take a bite of action during the operation