The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the immediate sealing of EASY ON Petrol Station located at Ngwa Road, Aba, ABN TV reports.
The Governor’s action is not unconnected with alleged incessant obstruction of construction work presently ongoing at Ngwa Road, as well as reported harassment and physical assault of construction workers and staff of the State Ministry of Environment who are engaged on the project by owners and workers of the said petrol station.
A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka says this order shall remain operative until the Ngwa Road project is completed and commissioned.
The statement read in part, “The ongoing reconstruction work on Ngwa Road and other adjoining roads under the NEWMAP projects and indeed, all projects in Abia State, done with tax payers money are of fundamental importance to the government of Abia State and under no circumstances whatsoever will government stand and watch unscrupulous persons get in the way of such projects.
“The Governor hereby directs the Executive Chairman of Aba South LGA, the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, Aba and the relevant Divisional Police Officers, the Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Aba and the General Manager of the Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) to immediately ensure the full implementation of this directive.
“Governor Ikpeazu further warns the operators of that petrol station that any further disturbances from them against those lawfully engaged in the reconstruction work will attract an immediate revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy for that property. This shall be done without any further reference to the persons involved.
“The Governor wishes to reiterate his earlier warning to any person or group of persons, by whatever name called who plans to disrupt the work at Ngwa Road or any other project site in the State, under any guise whatsoever, that the full weight of the State Government will be unleashed on them.
“Government shall not tolerate any acts of sabotage against the efforts put in place by the State Government at rebuilding our infrastructure.”