Ebonyi indigenes resident in Awka, Anambra State, have expressed satisfaction with Cov. Obiano's announcement of renaming of a street between Parktonia Hotel and Skyprince Hotel and Suites in Awka as the new Abakaliki Street in Awka, Anambra State.
Leader of the group, Mr. Ogbuagu Nshi told journalists at the base of the new Abakaliki Street that they were happy at the new street. He observed that, "This area is close to the expressway and thus can be easily located. It is acceptable to our people.
" We thank Akpokue Dike (Gov. Obiano) for renaming this beautiful place as Abakaliki Street, " he said.
In her own view, Chinelo Okafor from Isieke area of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, " This new Abakaliki Street is decent and is no longer hidden as was the case in the former place." She expressed satisfaction with the new development.
According to her, "In the former Abakaliki Street, many young girls appear half naked, mess themselves up. It is a safe haven for commercial sex workers. The place portrays Ebonyi people in bad light.
" So we say a big thank you to Gov. Willie Obiano for honouring us with this new place," Chinelo said.
To Mr. Ignatius Eke, "This place is better than its former place. Our people should reason better and accept this new place." Mr. Godwin Eze, also from the State observed that the quarrel over renaming of a street was too trivial an issue. He therefore appealed to Governors Willie Obiano of Anambra State and David Umahi of Ebonyi State to reason together as brothers and cease the fighting.
It will be recalled that when the news of removing and relocating Abakaliki Street broke out, the Government of Ebonyi State of which Abakaliki is the capital, issued a 7-day ultimatum to Anambra State Government during which to restore Abakaliki Street to the place.