The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has vowed to fix the flood problem at the Ariaria international market, Aba.
Governor Ikpeazu, who made the vow during a meeting with the traders at Government Lodge, Aba, announced a donation of ten million naira to traders who lost their goods to the flood.
He explained that he will not be happy as a Governor if he concludes his tenure without putting an end to the flood menace at the market which had defied past administrations.
The Governor stated that he had always been disturbed by the plight of the traders which was what necessitated him to rehabilitate roads leading to the Ariaria market as well as commenced the remodeling of the market to meet international standards.
While stressing that there was no motorable road in Aba when he assumed office in 2015, Dr. Ikpeazu noted that his efforts in rehabilitating the Ekwereazu –Akwa Ibom road as well as Ukaegbu, Ehere and Faulks roads has boosted access to the Ariaria market.
The State Chief Executive who pledged to complete the rehabilitation of Faulks Road, stressed that his administration has already mapped out one billion Naira for the project and charged traders to stop disposing waste materials into the drainage to boost the water flow in the area.
Also speaking, the State Commisisoner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said that Governor Ikpeazu has endorsed the two years tax waiver document for displaced traders in ARIARIA International Market as well as approved the procurement of 10 new refuse disposal tricycles for the market to improve sanitation and called on the traders to ensure better sanitation practices.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Ariaria International market, Elder Emeka Igara, expressed gratitude to the Governor for coming to the aid of the traders.
In their speeches earlier on behalf of the traders, Anyanwu Austin, Ego Samuel and Chimaobi Godwin thanked the Governor and pleaded with him to open up the drainage leading to the Ifeobara pond to boost water flow in the market.
Correspondents report that those present during the meeting include the member representing Aba North/South in the National Assembly, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike and the members representing Aba North and Central in the State House of Assembly, Aaron Uzodike and Abraham Oba, as well as other top government officials.