Traders of Ariaria International Market Aba have lauded the State Governor – Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for fulfilling all the promises made to them, including building of culvate for proper channeling of flood in the market.
Speaking at the meeting held with the Commissioner for Trade and Investment – Chief John Okiyi Kalu in Aba, the traders including Mr. Nwokoro Nnamdi, Mr. Pius Njoku and Mr. Johnson Aguata appreciated Governor Ikpeazu for implementing the two year revenue waiver given to the 106 traders affected by the demolition.
Contributing, the chairman, Ariaria International Market – Elder Emeka Igara described the intervention of the state Governor during the incident as a great relief to traders, noting that with the stead of work, the traders will go back to their new shops this Christmas season.
Addressing the traders, the commissioner for Trade and Investment – Chief Okiyi Kalu said the meeting was to interact on the progress made so far on the promises made by the Governor and suggest areas to improve their welfare.
Chief Okiyi who disclosed that work will resume at the Faulks road from Ariaria axis while arrangements have been concluded to channel the Ife-obara water to waterside.
He said that with the successful channeling of flood out from the A-line and filling of the road, compacting and final roofing will commence at the three blocks to enable the traders move into their new shops by Mid December.
The Commissioner noted that Technical Project Monitoring Committee, made up of professional Engineers and the Remodeling Committees, were set up by the state government to ensure strict monitoring of the projects and encouraged them not to relent.
On refuse management of the market, chief Okiyi kalu directed the zonal chairmen of the market to check the number of refuse buckets needed adding that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure quick evacuation of refuse and warned against blocking the newly constructed culvates with refuse.
Also speaking, the developer, – Mr. Henry Okoroafor said the fabrication of the steel roofs have been completed and will commence the roofing of the 3 blocks this week.
Correspondent Chinyere Francis Anyaogu reports that the commissioner had earlier interacted with the Committees and urged them to proceed on an instant inspection of the project site.