Protest hits Akwata perishable goods market Garriki Awkunanaw Enugu on Tuesday, May 16 2023.
According to Newsstand.com.ng, the local government chairman, Chimezie Nkwuo, in collaboration with his adviser on market affair, Barr. Sunday Ngene, locked the shop on 1st of February 2023.
Recall that the shop complex was built by the local government through a developer. The then Enugu South LG chairman, Monday Ene, allocated the shop complex to individuals who rented them out to the business people who occupy it now.
The current chairman, Chimezie Nkwuo locked the shops in a bid to collect it back from the landlords and reallocate it to other people.
The tenants who are small businesses are however in anguish as many of them claim that they goods are spoiling inside the shops while rats are eating up their goods.
According to one of the tenants interviewed, “The local government locked our shops for four months now. We are starving. We call on the Enugu state government, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to come to our aid and open the shops.”
One of the placards raised by the peaceful protesters bore the following inscriptions
SAY NO TO BAD GOVERNMENT
SAY NO TO MAN PASS MAN
OPEN OUR SHOPS
HUNGER IS KILLING US
As at the time of filing this report, the shops are still under lock.