Experts and professionals in the urban development systsms have joined in rejecting the demolitions and rebuilding of most markets and parts of the Imo State capital. Thus, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Owerri branch, has pu a figure to the havoc, saying over N58Bn has been destroyed.
They alleged that the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorochas, has thrown to the dust bin over N58Bn through his urban renewal programme.
This was contained in a statement to the Imo State Commissioner for Works signed by Emeka C Ugoanyanwu (chairman), Obioma Iwuamadi (general secretary), and Chibuike Onyejietu (publicity secretary) of NSE and made available to newsmen.
The statement claimed that the urban renewal programme of the Okorocha administration has resulted in the destruction of telecom and pipe-borne water facilities worth over N58Bn.
According to the letter, the destruction of the infrastructure and wastage of the public funds arose from the engagement of non professionals in the execution of the programme.
NSE further decried the alleged destruction of well designed drainages, electric power installations, andmotor parks. They expressed worry that the drainages were being replaced with shoddily done ones.
They described the execution of the programme with non-professionals as embarrassment to the registered and practising engineers in the state.
Stating that urban renewal should be carried out in phases and should follow a master plan covering about 50years projection in order to engender sustainability, the experts the hurried nature of the Imo scheme was not known to professionalism.
They asked the government to halt the contractor handling the programme and reevaluate the programme with the aim of correcting the havoc already done.