An enforcement team led by the Anambra State Physical Planning Board began marking structures for removal in Okpoko, Ogbaru Council Area yesterday, in line with the Governor Chukwuma Soludo-led administration’s urban renewal effort in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area, its environs, and the State in general.
The enforcement team was led by the Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr Chike Maduekwe, according to Government House Correspondent Ejike Abana.
The crew used the Okpoko Master Plan to locate the area from the Second Niger Bridge.
During the procedure, it was discovered that over 200 constructions are blocking roads, drains, and waterways, preventing flood water from being successfully discharged into the Niger River.
Okpoko, a huge slum with tens of thousands of residents, is located on the east bank of the Niger River, just north of Onitsha.
The cleanup effort is one of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s primary milestones in his aim to make Anambra a livable metropolis.
Mr Maduekwe, a lawyer, noted that the main problem in the area is that many people have blocked the waterways, particularly the sakamori drainage, which prevents water from draining into the Niger River when it rains, creating flooding and other damages.
Mr Somto Atuenyi, Chief Surveyor of the Anambra State Physical Planning Board, said the board remains focused and devoted to the task.
Some citizens expressed their delight that the Governor had maintained his pledge, and prayed to God to assist him in carrying out what they regarded as a sincere desire to improve the state.
Remember that, as promised, Governor Soludo visited Okpoko on March 18, 2022, a day after being sworn in as Governor, and conducted an on-the-spot inspection of the area.