PHOTOS: Business Owners' Dream Turn Nightmare In Yenagoa
It was like a nightmare when Chioma got to her shop.
The enthusiasm she woke up with disappeared instantly as she tried to figure out the exact location of her typewriter in the rubble that lay outside the stall.
Her prayer that morning was that an unimaginable number of customers, especially members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), will come to type their documents.
Chioma’s dependence on her business is huge, but her expectations were cut shot when what she thought was a joke turned out to be real.
In tears, Chioma told Bounce News that she received a phone call from her friend that her kiosk had been destroyed.
She rushed down to the scene and couldn't recognise the spot where her business once thrived.
"This is a bad dream, l want to wake up from this nightmare.
“Where will l start from now?" she questioned.
Chioma was not alone as the demolition of illegal structures by the Bayelsa State government affected other roadside businesses.
Mrs Tarilatei lgogo is also counting her loss.
“They came here this morning and gave us all 15 minutes to pack our loads.
"Before we could even start, the driver of the bulldozer destroyed everything.
“It's not fair she,” she said, sobbing.
Supervising the exercise is the Chairman of Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Ebi Waribigha, accompanied by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Control and Chairman Government Lands and Property Recovery Committee, Bobolayefa Owoupele.
The exercise took place along Fire Service Road opposite the Multi Door Court in Ovom.
A bulldozer was used for the demolition while the terrified owners of the structures watched with teary eyes as their sources of income and hard work were brought to the ground within minutes.
Addressing reporters, Mr Waribigha explained that "anyone who wishes to acquire or develop properties should approach the Physical Planning and Development Board and other relevant agencies for approval".
He emphasised that his squad would not hesitate to destroy any illegal structures within the state capital.
Meanwhile, a Civil Defence Officer, Michael Ogbebo, commended those in charge of the exercise stressing that no matter what the government does, people must complain.