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The Imo State Government yesterday sent out warnings to auto dealers, especially those who have turned almost every available space along the roads in Owerri Municipal to car markets to stop making sections of the highways their showrooms.
The state government gave this warning through one of its agencies, Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) led by Hon. Franklin Nkem Nzewodo.
The General Manager of ENTRACO, Hon. Franklin Nkem Nzewodo, who announced this to journalists, described the activities of auto dealers and traders across the metropolis as nauseating.
ENTRACO GM said this commission has the mandate of Governor Hope Uzodimma to clear any illegal area occupied by street traders.
‘The commission has the mandate to maintain environmental cleanliness and beautification in the state.
‘All car dealers selling within the major streets in Owerri metropolis should leave the road and occupy the empty land allocated to them at Avu, Owerri West, by the state government.
‘The Imo Government through the commission is trying to make sure that Imo State is very clean for people to move around without traffic jams.
‘We have told them to leave these illegal areas, especially those selling cars along the road, they will not hear, but once we start to run after them, people will bring sentiment . We have given those selling cars under the bridge leading to Wetheral Road to vacate the area within the time frame given to them’.
He warned that those traders who trade along the road should henceforth go to various marketplaces and occupy them to avoid the commission seizing their goods. The markets he mentioned include Egbeada, Alaba, Relief and the temporary Mother and Care Hospital Old New market.
ENTRACO affirmed that under the Shared Prosperity government led by Governor Hope Uzodimma, the commission had declared zero tolerance to street trading in Owerri metropolis.