No Plan To Dislodge Arewa Community At Cable Point, Says DSCTDA

By Patrick Mgbodo
Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), has denied rumours making the rounds that it is planning to dislodge the Arewa community domiciled in the Cable Point axis of the state capital. It urged the public to discountenance such pernicious falsehood as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is committed to the protection of the interests and wellbeing of all.
Reacting to a publication on the front page of a national daily dated, November 12, 2017, with the caption “Tension in Asaba over plans to dislodge Arewa Community,” the agency described such as banal, misleading and malicious, adding that it is a product of the skewed imagination of the authors and falls short of the professional benchmark of objectivity and balance.
In a statement, signed by the Manager (Communication) of the agency, Mr. Godfrey Ubaka, refuting such allegations, it said, “There are no plans to dislodge Arewa or any other ethnic group,” stressing that rather, there is a redevelopment plan for that section of the state capital territory, in line with the Urban renewal agenda of the state government, in partnership with a private developer.
“This has not in any way resulted in any form of tension as the process is in line with international standard and best practices in slum regeneration and city redevelopment,” he said.
While condemning the said publication, Ubaka said that it was an unfortunate attempt at contriving ethno/ religious crisis, even as he appealed to members of the public and residents of Cable Point district to go about their lawful duties and ignore such insidious falsehood, adding that there is no fear of eviction as the government has worked out modalities, in line with international standard practice.
He said that the state government is not involved in any compulsory acquisition of land in the Cable axis of Asaba, adding that the envisaged redevelopment plan is commercially- driven, and every property owner in the area would be duly compensated.
‘There is no tension anywhere in Asaba, Delta State, just as there are no plans to dislodge Arewa or any other ethnic nationality at that area,’ the statement read.