Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State is seeking the assistance of the World Bank in the design and implementation of a durable master plan for the state capital.
Ugwuanyi, who disclosed this in Enugu during an unscheduled tour of the city centre, decried the indiscriminate location of motor parks, shops and shanties in unapproved areas.
He said it was sad that new layouts planned and built under previous administrations had since deteriorated while layouts planned by the colonial masters had maintained their aesthetics.
The two layouts planned by the colonial masters include Uwani and Coal Camp, both in the heart of the city.
He said that his administration would no longer watch the city being defaced by some residents of the state.
Ugwuanyi, who toured Market Road, Old Park, Aria Road and New Market, said that all structures built on waterways and unauthorised areas would be removed.
At Ogbete Market, the governor gave traders by the roadside 12-hour quit notice, adding that security men would be deployed to arrest traders who refused to leave.
He said that the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority would be empowered to seal shops and evacuate traders at unauthorised places.
Along Market Road, the governor, who ordered 29 petty traders in front of the State Library Board to quit the unauthorised location, also gave them financial assistance to start life elsewhere.
The affected traders were mostly women.
“We are expecting a team of partners from the World Bank. They will be coming to assist us with a master plan and we would not want them to see these shanties. I want us to put things in order in Enugu. People are complaining about the high traffic occasioned by indiscriminate display of wares by traders.’’
The governor expressed dismay at the various business activities in front of the Nigeria Prisons, Enugu, adding that such was enough to cause a jail break.
He, therefore, ordered the closure of all motor parks and other commercial activities including sale of cars in front of the prisons.
“This is just the beginning. We must make Enugu to work. We must pull down illegal structures wherever they are found, to make the state better.’’
Ugwuanyi said that it was not his intention to make life difficult for residents of the state but that the people must reciprocate government’s gestures by doing things in an orderly manner.