Anambra Government Issues Stern Warning to Onitsha Landlords, Offers Incentives for City Beautification

Taiwo Ajayi
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The Anambra State government, represented by Deputy Governor Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, has delivered a strong message to Onitsha landlords, emphasizing that the state will no longer tolerate the defacement of the city, known as the commercial hub of the state.

During an interactive session held at the Onitsha South Local Government Area council secretariat, Dr. Ibezim outlined the government’s stance and unveiled plans to incentivize efforts towards city beautification. He announced a cash prize of N10 million for the first street in Onitsha to complete the repainting of their buildings between February 1 and March 10, 2024.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Ibezim expressed concerns over the lack of proper drainage systems and waste management practices in Onitsha. He stressed the importance of clearing blocked drains, disposing of refuse properly, planting trees, and repainting buildings to uplift the city’s aesthetic appeal.

Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, echoed Dr. Ibezim’s sentiments, emphasizing the need for collective action in maintaining cleanliness and improving the city’s infrastructure. He highlighted initiatives aimed at encouraging community participation in repainting buildings and cleaning drainages.

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Local council chairman, Chief Emeka Joseph Orji, reiterated the council’s commitment to enforcing cleanliness regulations and removing illegal structures hindering the city’s development. He emphasized the need for strict enforcement of laws and regulations to ensure compliance among residents and landlords.

Chairman of the Urban Regeneration Council, Michael Okonkwo, emphasized the government’s vision to transform Onitsha into a model city with conducive environments for business and healthy living. He underscored the importance of replicating best practices observed in developed countries.

Responding to concerns raised by landlords, including extortion by suspected touts and double taxation, the government assured stakeholders of addressing these issues to facilitate cooperation in the city’s beautification efforts.

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In conclusion, the Anambra government’s proactive measures and collaborative approach with stakeholders reflect a concerted effort to revitalize Onitsha and position it as a model city in Nigeria.

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