Women, who again embarked on protest yesterday, crippled business activities and vehicular movement for several hours in Onitsha, Anambra State. Vegetable and fruit traders disobeyed the directives of the state government and took to the street. They blocked the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway for hours.
The women carried different placards with various inscriptions such as: “We no gree, we no gree,” “Her Excellency, please ask your husband to leave us at our market,” and “We are comfortable here,” among others.
The women have, in the last three weeks, engaged Anambra State government to protest government’s order to vacate the notorious Coca-cola private market located on Coke plant premises on Asaba-Onitsha Expressway.
Anambra State had, since the administration of Peter Obi, directed the traders in the area to vacate following incessant auto accidents which had claimed more than 35 lives. Vehicles usually ram into the traders who always block one lane of the expressway while displaying their wares.
Addressing journalists yesterday, one of the women, Mrs. Ngozi Okeke, said they did not want to relocate to anywhere because there was no security in the government-approved market. She added that there was no enough accommodation to contain all the women.
Another woman, Mrs. Ngozi Ngonnadi, vowed that they were comfortable in their present location.