Tue. Sep 20th, 2022


Government says it is making progress with the three major blocks under construction at the A-Line, Ariaria.

In a release, the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu disclosed that the decking of the second floor is ongoing along with plastering of lower floors, fixing of doors and tires, adding that according to project plan partitioning of shops is also ongoing.  

According to Chief Okiyi Kalu, Government is watching the weather to decide on when to launch full scale reconstruction of the A-line road with associated drainage, stressing that in the interim, they will commence construction of a new channel to take storm water to the other side of Faulks road, while revealing that the related portion of Faulks road will particularly be closed to traffic for a total of fourteen days.

He stated that while they cannot do anything to stop the rains from falling, they have deployed automated water pumps to evacuate storm water that accumulates within the project area in A-line noting that nobody is expected to trade within the project area, while traders have since relocated to other areas within the  market.

Chief Okiyi Kalu explained that as with every project, they expect some level of discomfort to traders and their customers as government remodels the market in phases but assured that by the time the job is completed, everyone will be happy.

He said that those who visited the site confirm that the quality of work being done is world class.                          

The Trade and Investment Commissioner disclosed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed that they compile the list of directly impacted traders around the work area and present to him for tax waiver and other incentives to support them while they do the needful.

He said that relevant officials of Trade and Investment and market executives will work together to compile and present the list within two weeks for approval, adding that the implication is that the state and local government area revenue agents will exempt those concerned from payment of revenues.

Chief Okiyi Kalu further assured that from next month they will be presenting weekly reports on the progress of the project through the ministry of Trade and Investment Website and Social Media Platforms to update the public.

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