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Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Tabithatim: 7:48am On Jan 12
Demolition of structures – including undoubtedly illegal ones – is often a highly emotive subject. So the intense debate arising from the ongoing urban renewal drive of the Enugu State government aimed at reclaiming the capital city’s masterplan is clearly understandable.

The beauty of cities is in their livability. A city loses its soul when its original masterplan is desecrated to such extent as has been witnessed in Enugu. What sort of rationalisation can be made for the indiscriminate conversion of streets and buildings assigned as residential areas to commercial use? And how can the unconscionable conduct of traders who knowingly encroach on thoroughfares with their wares and through indiscriminate extension of shops be ever justified?

When traders spill onto streets and substantially reduce the widths available to vehicles, it is not just a municipal blight, it denies every other rightful residents an unimpeded access through a general infrastructure. Besides, it limits the capacity of agencies (fire service, ambulances, etc) to respond to emergency situations.

Indeed, the scale of municipal blights seen across the Enugu metropolis begs the question how such could have been allowed to fester over the years and not nipped in the bud as it should. Was it the desire to be politically-correct or sheer willingness to elevate commerce above aesthetics and the common good? Whatever instincts may have impelled past administrations to overlook these obvious infractions will only be conjectural. But it is defeatist to simply carry on like the malaise is one that cannot be helped and should, as a result, be lived with.

There is also an inherent hypocrisy – no matter how cleverly disguised – in the debate about the propriety of the government’s action. Critics of the current urban renewal do so mostly from a comfort zone. None would have themselves tolerated the misery which traders of items like building rods, water tanks and sundry building materials had subjected residents of Uwani for over 20 years. However, residents of those areas whose lives are daily impacted adversely by the activities of the traders have been heaving a huge sigh of relief. The same goes for members of the public who have ever had a reason to commute through Kenyatta and some adjoining streets in Uwani.

Although largely expedient and preceded by an extended notice to the affected traders, the discomfort wrought by the exercise cannot be glossed over. But whatever pain it creates is mitigated by the fact the traders have not been left in the cold; they are in fact relocating to a much larger and fitting space conducive to their kind of business.

As a result of its historical status as capital during different political epochs beginning from the Eastern Region through East Central State and old Anambra State, Enugu has since the discovery of coal in 1909 been a melting pot, drawing hundreds of thousands from surrounding hinterlands and distant communities seeking better economic opportunities.

This has been the case for years because the capital was perceived as the only escape from the drudgery of rural life, resulting in the city’s population growing to a level that puts an unbearable pressure on public space and utilities. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had long realised the implications of this dilemma and has always been determined to find a lasting solution. That determination can be seen in the huge funds the administration has so far spent on projects in rural areas, a good number of which had never hosted one in their history.

The resolve to give rural dwellers a practical taste of inclusive governance is also at the heart of this statement made by Governor Ugwuanyi in his inaugural speech, and voiced repeatedly to emphasize his commitment to its actualisation: “We will continue to direct our policies and projects towards these locations (rural areas) because that is where most of our people reside.” The goal is to create additional urban areas and expand economic opportunities which, ultimately, will ease the pressure on the capital.

The ongoing decluttering of major streets is an integral part of the Governor Ugwuanyi administration’s vision to make Enugu a green and livable city that ranks high as an investment destination. So, returning Enugu to its original masterplan as the city’s founders had intended is as much an aesthetically-driven project as it is an economic imperative.

Perennial traffic gridlocks may give an impression of extensive commercial activities, but mirroring viability through this decadent feature could be misleading as cities that constantly experience such can hardly attain their full economic potential. Such blight is actually a key hallmark of least livable cities. That is the reason Nigerian cities always rank low on global livability reports. There is, indeed, a correlation between cities’ livability status and their capacity to attract investments. That, in part, explains General Electric’s choice of Nairobi as headquarters of its African operations, and not Lagos despite its undeniably large market. It is the reason too cities such as Cape Town, Kigali and Accra are prime destinations for conferences and startups.

Governments regularly voice commitments to improving living conditions and eliminating factors that impinge on those goals. Their persistence, sadly, is often a bitter highlight of the chasm between rhetoric and action. Should the government have ignored the many municipal infractions which could result in Enugu’s descent into the kind of disorder that has made life in most Nigerian cities a nightmare? That would amount to political correctness if he did.

Had governments in the past risen above this populist sentiment and adhered scrupulously to its own laws, Enugu’s masterplan would not be so brazenly assailed because every flouting of physical planning laws will be stopped at the incipient stage. Someone always has to take that painful but necessary action for the common good. That is how societies develop and retain their character for centuries.

Nwatu, an archivist, lives and works in Enugu.
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/01/11/reclaiming-enugus-lost-masterplan-between-political-correctness-and-municipal-expediency/

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Awol1(m): 8:33am On Jan 12
While not ruling out the govt's sincere intention to make Enugu a livable city, a lot of question still beg for answers.

I'm not a fan of Mbaka but he made one statement I agree with. If you are touting recovery of the city's Master plan as your driving force, hope you will also demolish the buildings of politicians which were built on places originally designed to be markets, car parks or recreational centres?

The demolitions that was done along old artisan, what purpose was it meant to serve? Were those containers causing traffic? And after their demolition, did it reduce traffic?

Again, the bus stop you removed at Shoprite and IMT, where do you want those buses to stop? You want to free up the roads, why occupy large chunk of the road with ring concretes?

You demolished portion of iron dealers of Kenyatta market, and claimed they are being moved to a better place. Why did you dubiously refuse to mention where they are being moved? Because as far as I know, no alternative was provided.

Why always the poor?

If Ugwuanyi is so interested in making Enugu a livable city, why did he not insist on the dualization of Abakpa Nike road as it was awarded by Sullivan? Also Nike Lake road from Peenoks to T junction was meant to be dualized. Why did Ugwuanyi bow to pressure and threats of the Nike People if he so much cares about making Enugu livable? Wasn't that political correctness because he was on his first tenure?

Tell Ugwuanyi to stop destabilizing people and denying them of their means of livelihood.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Solsix(m): 5:24am On Jan 13
Awol1:
While not ruling out the govt's sincere intention to make Enugu a livable city, a lot of question still beg for answers.

I'm not a fan of Mbaka but he made one statement I agree with. If you are touting recovery of the city's Master plan as your driving force, hope you will also demolish the buildings of politicians which were built on places originally designed to be markets, car parks or recreational centres?

The demolitions that was done along old artisan, what purpose was it meant to serve? Were those containers causing traffic? And after their demolition, did it reduce traffic?

Again, the bus stop you removed at Shoprite and IMT, where do you want those buses to stop? You want to free up the roads, why occupy large chunk of the road with ring concretes?

You demolished portion of iron dealers of Kenyatta market, and claimed they are being moved to a better place. Why did you dubiously refuse to mention where they are being moved? Because as far as I know, no alternative was provided.

Why always the poor?

If Ugwuanyi is so interested in making Enugu a livable city, why did he not insist on the dualization of Abakpa Nike road as it was awarded by Sullivan? Also Nike Lake road from Peenoks to T junction was meant to be dualized. Why did Ugwuanyi bow to pressure and threats of the Nike People if he so much cares about making Enugu livable? Wasn't that political correctness because he was on his first tenure?

Tell Ugwuanyi to stop destabilizing people and denying them of their means of livelihood.
I thought Enugu is in the hands of God

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Rapmoney(m): 5:28am On Jan 13
OEPHIUS now operates different accounts on NL. Interesting! No matter how you change your username, we still know it is you. Paid agent! Number 1 propagandist!

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by xelly: 5:31am On Jan 13
Solsix:

I thought Enugu is in the hands of God

So said the governor.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by itsme01: 5:32am On Jan 13
Its like only Enugu and Ebonyi exist in Shout Yeast
Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by 9jayes: 5:34am On Jan 13
I support the government

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by DaminKilyn: 5:47am On Jan 13
itsme01:
Its like only Enugu and Ebonyi exist in Shout Yeast

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Pavore9: 5:52am On Jan 13
Most Governors are bold with demolition in their second term.
Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by mejai(m): 5:56am On Jan 13
Whatever!!! Let him fix d roads in Enugu o. I am tired of driving on jagara-jagara road.
Let him retun Enugu as it was when he took over.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by JB4life: 5:58am On Jan 13
Anytime you hear CITY MASTERPLAN, be prepared for a major shake-up oo.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by akpunda86: 6:18am On Jan 13
Awol1:
While not ruling out the govt's sincere intention to make Enugu a livable city, a lot of question still beg for answers.

I'm not a fan of Mbaka but he made one statement I agree with. If you are touting recovery of the city's Master plan as your driving force, hope you will also demolish the buildings of politicians which were built on places originally designed to be markets, car parks or recreational centres?

The demolitions that was done along old artisan, what purpose was it meant to serve? Were those containers causing traffic? And after their demolition, did it reduce traffic?

Again, the bus stop you removed at Shoprite and IMT, where do you want those buses to stop? You want to free up the roads, why occupy large chunk of the road with ring concretes?

You demolished portion of iron dealers of Kenyatta market, and claimed they are being moved to a better place. Why did you dubiously refuse to mention where they are being moved? Because as far as I know, no alternative was provided.

Why always the poor?

If Ugwuanyi is so interested in making Enugu a livable city, why did he not insist on the dualization of Abakpa Nike road as it was awarded by Sullivan? Also Nike Lake road from Peenoks to T junction was meant to be dualized. Why did Ugwuanyi bow to pressure and threats of the Nike People if he so much cares about making Enugu livable? Wasn't that political correctness because he was on his first tenure?

Tell Ugwuanyi to stop destabilizing people and denying them of their means of livelihood.

My guy good morning.you failed it.forget abt mbaka.Master plan means BEAUTY OF A CITY.in this i support ugwuayi on it.Yes the country is hatd but will you cos the country is hard allow shanties and shops spring up every where. On the artisan yes the cotsiers did not block roads but a big eyesore.
Check out Eze streetand robinson defaced by carpenters and artisans.
Whoever that is incharge of this demolition kudos to him.
As for ironrod and kenyatta people my guy they are going to ugwuaji.
Fone dealers in new heaven market side are going.BY JUNE ENUGU WILL BE COOL.KUDOS TO ONOH.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:21am On Jan 13
Awol1:


You demolished portion of iron dealers of Kenyatta market, and claimed they are being moved to a better place. Why did you dubiously refuse to mention where they are being moved? Because as far as I know, no alternative was provided .

On this point, you are wrong. A new market was built for iron dealers with enough space to accommodate many other building materials sellers on the other side of the Port Harcourt express at Uqwuaji area, Iron dealers has moved there and started their business last week. I saw a long trailer with rods entering the market on Saturday afternoon and the new market is getting busier.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:21am On Jan 13
Enugu state is in the hands of God.

God bless Enugu state.

God bless Nigeria

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:22am On Jan 13
akpunda86:


My guy good morning.you failed it.forget abt mbaka.Master plan means BEAUTY OF A CITY.in this i support ugwuayi on it.Yes the country is hatd but will you cos the country is hard allow shanties and shops spring up every where. On the artisan yes the cotsiers did not block roads but a big eyesore.
Check out Eze streetand robinson defaced by carpenters and artisans.
Whoever that is incharge of this demolition kudos to him.
As for ironrod and kenyatta people my guy they are going to ugwuaji.
Fone dealers in new heaven market side are going.BY JUNE ENUGU WILL BE COOL.KUDOS TO ONOH.

You are right.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:24am On Jan 13
We are expecting the demolition of more shanties so that Enugu state will look more beautiful

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:25am On Jan 13
mejai:
Whatever!!! Let him fix d roads in Enugu o. I am tired of driving on jagara-jagara road.
Let him retun Enugu as it was when he took over.

Which road is bad that he hasn't repaired yet. Name the road.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Ina2k(m): 6:26am On Jan 13
Awol1:
While not ruling out the govt's sincere intention to make Enugu a livable city, a lot of question still beg for answers.

I'm not a fan of Mbaka but he made one statement I agree with. If you are touting recovery of the city's Master plan as your driving force, hope you will also demolish the buildings of politicians which were built on places originally designed to be markets, car parks or recreational centres?

The demolitions that was done along old artisan, what purpose was it meant to serve? Were those containers causing traffic? And after their demolition, did it reduce traffic?

Again, the bus stop you removed at Shoprite and IMT, where do you want those buses to stop? You want to free up the roads, why occupy large chunk of the road with ring concretes?

You demolished portion of iron dealers of Kenyatta market, and claimed they are being moved to a better place. Why did you dubiously refuse to mention where they are being moved? Because as far as I know, no alternative was provided.

Why always the poor?

If Ugwuanyi is so interested in making Enugu a livable city, why did he not insist on the dualization of Abakpa Nike road as it was awarded by Sullivan? Also Nike Lake road from Peenoks to T junction was meant to be dualized. Why did Ugwuanyi bow to pressure and threats of the Nike People if he so much cares about making Enugu livable? Wasn't that political correctness because he was on his first tenure?

Tell Ugwuanyi to stop destabilizing people and denying them of their means of livelihood.




This ur comment this morning made my day. U truly live in ENUGU. NOT ALL this pretenders here.
Ugwuanyi bowed to pressure from Nike people when it came to expanding abakpa roads. Very shameful

coming to that of using concrete rings to block d roads at ShopRite; until those useless rings cause serious accidents, they wouldn't know its useless.

Whomever is handling that project doesnt even know what beautification means.

if he wants to beautify enugu, he should go to abakpa texaco and build a flyover/bypass, expand that market road.

Do the same at Nowas, use those money for uselsss concrete rings and flowers and do something meaningful.
Our governor to me now, is seriously turning to a joker.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:27am On Jan 13
It's the Federal roads that are very bad. The portion from around Onyeama hills to Abakpa junction has been too bad and the Federal government has not done much on the road.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by akpunda86: 6:28am On Jan 13
Gburugburu is working.Ndi enugu okwa ya.Lion of Judea Odumeje is in enugu.Enugu will be great again.
But As the humpty Dumpty governor approves demolition which is good let him do the roads.abi na rainy season he go work am.
Obodo adirirgo mma gburugburu chiwa
Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 6:30am On Jan 13
Port Harcourt express road, we need to discourage the establishment of shanties.

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by OakConsultNG: 6:33am On Jan 13
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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Ina2k(m): 6:36am On Jan 13
ckenneths:


Which road is bad that he hasn't repaired yet. Name the road.


U dont live in Enugu
Even if u insist u do, the only road u know is from ur house to ur workplace. smh

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by totosucker(m): 6:38am On Jan 13
Ndi Enugu, dalu nu. I'm from Enugu state but i don't know there much. I heard they said Ugwuanyi is transforming my dear state oo.
Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Roon9(m): 7:02am On Jan 13
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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by ckenneths(m): 7:09am On Jan 13
Ina2k:



U dont live in Enugu
Even if u insist u do, the only road u know is from ur house to ur workplace. smh

Ok, thanks.
Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by condralbedez: 7:09am On Jan 13
When is he going to demolish Zoo Estate and return our Animals back,even shoprite ,because that is park from my own Enugu Original master plan .

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by FactBoyz: 7:24am On Jan 13
Honestly those concrete giant rings around shoprite DO NIT MAKE SENSE AT ALL

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Re: Enugu’s Masterplan: Between Political Correctness And Municipal Expediency by Tomtina: 7:30am On Jan 13
[Etudo, Awknanaw street, igbariam street etc these roads are seriously bad.

Which road is bad that he hasn't repaired yet. Name the road.[/quote]

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