Sit-at-home: Abolish Inexistent Order, Restore Normalcy in Aba,
Ukwa La Ngwa Tells Ikpeazu
The Ukwa La Ngwa Elders Council has urged Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu to direct the various Market and Transport Unions to mobilise their members and bring an immediate end to the weekly sit at home which IPOB says it has abolished.
The Leader/Chairman of the Council, Dr. Max Nduaguibe decried the negative impacts of the purported order on the economy of Aba, the commercial bane of Abia State and her inhabitants, while recounting that the initiators of the order, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, “says it has lifted the order, but the whole city continues to observe it”.
Speaking with Journalists in Umuahia, the state capital, Wednesday, Dr. Nduaguibe condemned vehemently the illicit activities of saboteurs in Aba, as he wondered why the reverse has been the case in other sister-states in the region.
Hear him: “We are calling on Gov Okezie Ikpeazu to direct the various Market and Transport Unions to mobilise their members and bring an immediate end to the weekly sit at home which IPOB affirms it has lifted.
“We read sabotage in the continued observance of an order which no longer exists. But the Ukwa la Ngwa people will not stand aside and watch saboteurs destroy the livelihood of indigenes and residents of Aba.
“We know in other South-East cities like Owerri, Onitsha and Awka activities have resumed on Monday, the supposed day of the ‘sit at home’, why is it a different scenario in Aba? So in our view, it seems to be an act of sabotage to subject Aba to the inhuman condition imposed by the ‘sit at home’
Furthermore, the leader of Ukwa La Ngwa expressed acrimony over the environmental degradation, as instilled by residents of Aba metropolis through the recurrent indiscriminate dumping of refuse in gutters and drainages, as he argued that such obnoxious acts are not being perpetrated by residents of Umuahia.
“Why are residents of Aba dumping refuse in gutters, and creating flooding that damage the durability of the roads being constructed in Aba? Dr Nduaguibe queried.
He urged the landlords to wake up to the fact that it is their duty to ensure that the gutters or drainages around their premises are kept clean. “It is the civic responsibility of the landlords to keep their environment healthy. It is not government that will do that for them. Why are people in Umuahia not dumping refuse in gutters?”, he wondered.
“If it is an attempt to kill Aba, we Ukwa la Ngwa people will not stand by and watch that happen”, he declares.