The Governor Dr Okezie lkpeazu has expressed sympathy with traders of Ariaria International Market, Aba who were affected by the recent flooding in the market occasioned by the torrential rains of the past three days.
Governor Ikpeazu who was speaking in a meeting with affected traders and other stakeholders of the market held in Aba said his administration undertook the ongoing remodeling of the market, starting with A-line, with new drains, road and eleven shops elevated to forestall the perennial flooding challenges experienced by traders since inception of the market.
The Governor represented by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu directed the developer of the market, Blessed Henken International Company Limited to immediately commence excavation and construction of a two -metre width culvert across Faulks Road from A-line to channel flood from the area under construction to Waterside River in Aba through Faulks/Osusu Road drainage .
He further directed the extension of the ongoing reconstruction project at Omuma Road, Aba, to include connection of the wide drains to the Ifeobara area to provide alternative channel for flow of storm water to the natural collection points at Waterside river.
The State Chief Executive promised that the construction of high quality shop structures in A-line will continue with the mobilization of the contractor as soon as the rains abates.
According to the Governor, the market committee, project monitoring team and Ministry of Trade and Investments officials should embark on the immediate assessment and evaluation of the extent of damage done to goods of affected traders by the flood with a view to recommending appropriate financial and other support from the government to them.
Governor lkpeazu also announced a two year tax waiver to all the traders affected by the ongoing remodeling of A-line in Airiaria International Market including exemption from payment of revenues collected by state and local government agents in the market.
He solicited the continued partnership, support and understanding of traders and visitors to the market for the successful execution of the project .
Meanwhile the state government has warned politicians and their agents to desist from attempting to instigate crisis in the market over the development as the government has directed security agents to deal decisively with trouble makers and their sponsors.
It also cautioned politically sponsored hoodlums that may hide behind the nature induced challenges to unleash destruction and looting of goods belonging to innocent traders in the market to desist from such thought.