…Ayade’s aide allocated spaces without authorization

The Cross River State Government through the Ministry of Environment has destroyed shops erected with blocks on the fence of the Marian market.

The demolition is coming three weeks after some illegal shops were also destroyed at the same market to create sanity in the area.

The shops, which were destroyed on Sunday, were said to have been illegally allocated by Gov. Ayade’s aide, Emmanuel Mbora to the traders without the authorisation from the Calabar Municipality Local Government or state government.

The same spaces that the shops were built have previously been marked as “don’t build” by the state government because the spaces were too close to the drive way.

It was alleged that Emmanuel Mbora collected huge amount of money from the traders, ranging between N250,000 to N400,000 before allocating the spaces to them.

During the first demolition exercise in Marian Market, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey and the Chairman of Calabar Municipality, Mr Nta Eke, warned traders to stop paying money for shops allocation to illegal persons.

They said that the aim of the demolition exercise was to create sanity by way of reducing the gridlock that usually occur around the market.

Sadly, the move by Mbora to illegally allocate the shops to the traders have been criticised by well meaning residents in Calabar.

Some of the residents are of the opinion that Mbora was giving the state government a bad name, even when he knew that his appointment has nothing to do with the market.

Now that the structures has been demolished, it is believed that Mbora will show good conscience by returning all the money he had collected to the traders to avoid litigation and civil unrest within the market premises.

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