By: Awesome Ekene
Oba community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state on Monday said it would not allow any project that would not develop the town, nor create employment for its members.
The community which donated some portion of its land to the state government for the botched airport project, alleged that the said land had been balkanized and partitioned to individuals for private building projects as against public interest it was acquired.
Speaking to reporters at the Palace of late traditional ruler of Oba, Igwe Peter Ezenwa, Regent of Oba, and son of the late monarch, Prince Noel Ezenwa warned that they would not tolerate repeat of the botched airport project in the Oba International Market project land.
Ezenwa was reacting to alleged plan by some traders and government agents to relocate the Federal and State government approved building of Central Pharmaceutical and Allied Product Warehouse Limited, in Oba by Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria PCN in conjunction with the Onitsha Medicine Market popularly known as Ogbogwu Market.
He warned that any attempt to convert their lands to private interest would be met with serious resistance.
He said, “To the best of my knowledge, Ogbogwu Market has acquired 500 plots of land for their project. The Oba International Market is a very big land acquired for markets and other public interest projects, we urge them to commence work immediately.
“I’m also aware that Awada Polythene Bag producers have been able to secure another 500 plots of land to set up their factories or whatever it is, in the Oba International Market. We are excited and whole heartedly welcome them.
“We are excited that two different projects are going on in the market and at the end of the day, we will be better for it. We welcome Ogbogwu Market and we also welcome Awada Polythene Bag producers.
“We however insist that the terms and tenets of the agreement must be kept, we are not going to tolerate what happened at the botched Oba Airport, whose land was acquired and abandoned and later balkanized and partitioned to individuals who are now building private houses on land acquired for public interest without considering our people.
“For government officials putting stumbling block to scuttle the project so they will have another opportunity to do in the land what they did at the botched Airport land, we warn that they should steer clear, such will not happen again.
“Whatever the so-called government agents are planning against these projects coming to Oba community, we will never allow them to succeed. We are wiser now, we know what they are planning.”