The Anambra State Government yesterday demolished a filling station at Zik's round about Fegge Onitsha, for building the filling station within residential area.
The exercise was carried out under the supervision of the chairman Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mr. Chike Maduekwe and the General Manager of the Board, Mr. Victor Okpoko, under heavy supervision of men of Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies who were on ground to maintain law and order.
The chairman, Mr Maduekwe said that when Governor Willie Obiano inaugurated the new board, he charged them with the responsibility of restoring integrity and the planning laws of the state.
He regretted that the Physical Planning Board has warned the owner of the filling station repeatedly but he later lied that he is using the portion of the land as fuel depot.
He made it clear that the exercise will be extended to all the nooks and crannies of the state according to the directive of Governor Obiano ,warning that the Physical Planning Board will continue to enforce the law urging people to apply for land and government will give them the desired place to build their filling stations and not in residential areas.
Reacting to the demolition exercise, the General Manager Anambra state Physical Planning Board, Mr Victor Okpoko, explained that the owner of the filling station at Fegge Onitsha have been served for a period of five years and he failed to comply which prompted the Board to intervene to protect the lives of the citizenry that reside in the suburb.
Some of the residents of the areas, Barrister Noel Udorji and Captain Tony Ifeanyi, described the demolition exercise as a good step in the right direction while thanking Governor Obiano for having the interest of the citizenry at heart.