Wed. Aug 31st, 2022


The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has assured traders of Ariaria International and Ngwa road markets of the determination of his administration to remodel the markets to meet international standard. 

Govenor Ikpeazu stated this in Aba, while interacting with the executives and some major stakeholders in the two major markets.

The State Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu stated that the interface with the traders will be frequent in order to ensure that the government carried the traders along in the scheme of things,promising   that the government would ensure that the traders  will return to their shops and do their businesses under conducive environment .

 He assured that no new shop owners will get a shop allocation until the original shop owners get their shops when allocation of shops begins in the two major markets.

On the flooding of the project area in Ariaria International market, the Governor disclosed that his administration has awarded a contract to channel stormwater from the area through Omuma road which is currently under reconstruction with rigid pavement technology, adding that his government has taken further steps to ensure that double taxation is addressed in  all the markets.

The State Chief Executive who charged the traders to ensure that they continued to sustain the peace in the markets, warned against sabotaging governments  efforts .                                                              

Governor Ikpeazu who appealed to the traders displaced as  a result of the ongoing remodeling efforts to exercise patience over the slow pace of work in the markets which he attributed to the rainy season, promised speedy pace of work as soon as the dry season sets in.

He noted that Government provided alternative shops for the displaced traders because of the premium it places on the welfare of traders and Abians in general.

In their speeches earlier, some of the traders expressed concern over losing their shops, excessive taxation on the traders by the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, flooding of construction areas as well as the  slow pace of work by the contractors among other issues .

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