Centenarian seeks Obiano’s help against eviction from shop
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
A centenarian, Pa Sylvester Ezekwueme, and an octogenarian, Pa Linus Ohiri, at the weekend, out to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state seeking his intervention in having their shops restored. They said their shops had been seized for about seven years by officials of their different markets – the Onitsha Progressive Market, Niger Street and Green Seeds Dealers’ Association, Oseokwodu/Army Barracks Markets.
Shops in the two markets had been renovated after which, according to the two senior citizens, officials of the two markets failed to return their shops to them.
According to Ezekwueme, “It was after several petitions and complaints to both the governor and the commissioner for trade, commerce, markets and wealth creation that they (market officials) were ordered by the government to return the shops to us; but (they are) still holding that of Pa Ohiri.”
On the part of Pa Ohiri, “out of the two shops I have with my wife, that of my wife was returned to her while mine has not been returned which prompted my petition.”
In a petition to the governor, the two men called on the governor to ensure both the return of the remaining shop and the revenue accruing therefrom.