South East governors ban cattle movement across communities

South East governors have banned movement of herdsmen and cattle from one community to another within the zone.

They also said the Federal Government has assured them that Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu completed by December this year.

The Governors said this in Enugu, after a meeting of South East stakeholders on Saturday.

Engineer Dave Umahi, who is the chairman of their forum announced their decision thus “We also agreed that we have to put measures in place to restrain movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state to another which is a source and point of conflict with the natives and farmers. And also restrain the movement of cattle and herdsmen from community to communities across farmlands.”

PARTIES ADOPT FINAL WRITTEN ADDRESSES IN THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION IN ABIA STATE

The written addresses of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, PDP, INEC and the APGA governorship candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, have been adopted by the various parties involved in the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia.

After hearing the addresses, The Chairman, Governorship and House of Assembly Elections Petition Panel siting in Umuahia, Justice Lekan Ogumoye, announced that the judgment date for the matter will be communicated to the parties involved.

Adopting his address, the petitioner through his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said that there is a totally new regime regarding voting and urged the tribunal to dismiss the objections of the respondents.

The counsel for the first respondent and Abia State Governor, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, urged the panel to discountenance the petition saying that the main document the petitioner was relying upon was procured after the petition was filed.

Also, counsel to the 2nd respondent and INEC, Mr. Garba said Local Government evidence are hearsay evidence that cannot be realied upon while Counsel to the 3rd respondent, the PDP, Onyinyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), argued that the case was erected on a very wrong premise and should be dismissed.

The State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, was accompanied to the sitting by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, his Justice counterpart, Chief Uche Ihediwa, PDP State Chairman, Sir Johnson Onuigbo among others were present at the court sitting today.

Otti who came a distant third in the Governorship election in the state held in March is asking the tribunal to cancel the results from all the local government areas where he lost and uphold the two local governments won by him.

Bata Shoes Return to Nigeria with Multimillion Naira Factory

Bata, a foremost Canadian multinational footwear and fashion accessory manufacturer and retailer, which has been into manufacturing of shoe in Nigeria since 1932, but left the country around 80s, is back in Nigeria.

Bata first returned to Nigeria with a shop last year, then in April 2019 the company invested N350m for a manufacturing plant in Abuja, with plans to expand to other states in the country soon.

The factory which will directly employ Nigerians in the production of shoes and accessories, will also require a huge supply of raw materials which will boost sales for the Nigerian livestock farmers.

The return of Bata after almost forty years is facilitated by the new presidential initiative to enhance local economy by initiating policies and creating the right enabling environment to increase local industrialization, saving foreign exchange, while creating jobs and reducing poverty.

NIGERIA OFFERS ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI AT TICAD7

“Nigeria has very attractive investment opportunities with some of the highest Returns-on-Investment,” President Muhammadu Buhari declared in Yokohama, Japan on Thursday.

Presenting the country’s Statement at Plenary Session Three on “Public-Private Business Dialogue” at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), the President said he looked forward to prospective investors making inroads “in the following priority sectors in Nigeria, namely, power and renewable energy, petrochemical and gas, maritime (shipping and ports), automobiles, mining, agribusiness, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, ICT and railway.”

Assuring potential investors of good returns as a result of ongoing reform measures taken by his administration, he added:

“I have also established a Presidential Committee on Enabling Business Environment, which is made up of key Ministries and prominent businessmen to promote the Ease of Doing Business and make Nigeria more attractive and competitive for investment.”

Similarly, President Buhari said that his administration was “committed to removing all impediments to private sector participation in these sectors by creating policies that will ensure consistency, predictability and a level playing field for all.”

Having identified power, transportation, infrastructure, maritime/shipping, agro-processing, mining, manufacturing, petro-chemicals, food processing and textiles among others, as “key drivers to the diversification” of the Nigerian economy as well as “priority areas that will drive our Economic Agenda,” the President said he looked forward to “welcoming prospective investors to Nigeria.”

Reviewing Nigeria-Japan relations, President Buhari commended existing bonds of friendship and economic cooperation between both countries, describing the Asian country as “a strategic partner for our socio-economic development.” He disclosed Nigeria’s intention to “further encourage relationships with key public and private sector stakeholders” in both nations.

The Nigerian leader expressed particular delight with the level of “discussions on the establishment of the Japan-Nigeria Business Facilitation Council, an initiative of the Japanese government, which would be launched on our return to Nigeria,” adding that, “I look forward to positive reports of increased trade and investment between Nigeria and Japan from these initiatives.”

Describing the TICAD Forum as important to Nigeria in many respects, President Buhari said it “coincides with the period when the country is faced with a number of challenges that affect our economy.”

Noting that his administration “has put in place measures seeking to diversify the economy by developing agriculture, emphasising on manufacturing and addressing the energy and infrastructure deficit,” he expressed confidence that, “With these we shall be placing Nigeria on the path of rapid growth and sustainable development.”

According to the Nigerian President, TICAD is also “coming at a time when our government is implementing home-grown and private sector-driven economic measures that are predicated on good governance, infrastructure and human capital development as well as, business climate reform.” The above domestic measures, he explained, informed his invitation to “the private sector to come and invest in Nigeria.”

According to him, “Nigeria and indeed Africa, expect much from this Forum in terms of investment, considering the role of Foreign Direct Investment in all economies – developed and developing.”

President Buhari also expressed Nigeria’s gratitude to the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, “for his unwavering commitment to strengthen trade and investment between Japan and Africa through various initiatives, partnership and support of the Japanese Government.”

He also wished TICAD7 “fruitful deliberations and hope that the conclusions reached will enhance access by African countries to international capital investment as well as boost Japan-Africa exchanges by developing new and strategic public and private sector alliances.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 29, 2019

I don’t build ‘Dubai roads’ – Ikpeazu

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said that his philosophy of road construction is that it is better to build few but durable roads than multiple roads that fail before they are commissioned.

The Governor who stated this Tuesday in Umuahia during the 28th anniversary of the creation of Abia State, said 75% of the roads built by his administration had survived four rainy seasons.

He said he decided to patronise ‘grade A’ contractors so as to guarantee the durability of the roads constructed under his watch.

” I don’t believe in palliatives; it’s either I do it and do it well or leave it. I want Abia to remember me as a man who did not do all the roads, but who the few ones he did have refused to fail.

” Well shall no longer build roads without drainage in Abia”, Ikpeazu declared.

The Governor who extolled the virtues of the founding fathers of the state, promised to sustain their lofty visiions to move the state forward.

He also commended the efforts of the past administrations in the state and promised to leave the state better than he met it.

” I want to pledge that we shall be relentless in the pursuit of the ideals of sustainable development and build a lasting foundation for future generations of our people. ”

Gov. Ikpeazu identified Enyimba Economic City Project as the greatest policy thrust of his administration, assuring that the project would soon commence in earnest.

He said the project estimated to create 700,000 jobs in the next 10 years would revive the economy of both the state and the entire South East zone.

Ikpeazu disclosed that the Federal Government had already bought 20% shares of the multi -billion Naira project because of its economic viability.

The Governor also said his administration had posted remarkable achievements in the education sector as “Abia has remained the number one state in WAEC Examination in Nigeria for four consecutive years now “.

He promised to continue to prioritize security to ensure the safety of residents and their property.

The event also witnessed the conferment of honourary awards to deserving Abians.

Some of the receipients of Enyi Abia (Elephant) award include : Professor Joshua Ogbonnaya, Professor Anthony Nwabughuogu, HRM Eze Appolosa Oji, and former Secretary to the State Government, Mazi Donatus Okorie.

From The Authority

Aba automated shoe factory will solve unemployment problem-Ikpeazu

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia says the Abia Automated Shoe Factory in Aba will help to address the problem of unemployment and also boost the state’s internally generated revenue.

Ikpeazu said this on Monday when Mrs Bona Fasakin, the Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abia, paid him a visit at the Government House in Umuahia.

He said the automated shoe factory, which would be due for inauguration in December, would help shoe manufacturers in the state to achieve consistency in quality and quantity of their products.

He charged corps members to take their NYSC entrepreneurship programme at the orientation camp seriously.

The governor described trade and commerce as the mainstay of Abia economy, saying that he would be glad if entrepreneurship became part of every corps member in Abia.

He promised to rehabilitate the decaying infrastructure at the Umunna NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Bende Local Government Area of the state.

“I am optimistic that we will achieve top quality infrastructure to ensure that orientation activities are conducted in a conducive environment.

“Part of the money will be released to carryout intervention to check erosion menace, road construction and provide steady power supply,” he said.

Ikpeazu said that the state government would continue to partner NYSC to promote youth development in the state.

Earlier, Fasakin expressed delight over the cordial relationship between the state government and the organisation.

“There is need to constitute a state governing board,” she said, while asking for prompt and regular payment of subventions and state allowance to corps members.

“Erosion is ravaging the camp. There is no power supply in the camp. This might lead to withdrawal of the state’s hosting right,” she said.

Fasakin appealed to the state government to pay urgent attention to the numerous challenges facing the organisation. (NAN)

National Identity Card: Ikpeazu charges Abians to register

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has charged Abians to register in the National Identity Card project so as to obtain the multifunctional electronic identity card which would help government in planning for the economic benefit of its citizenry.

Speaking during the formal presentation of the National Identity Card to him at Government House, Umuahia, by officials of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Abia, the Governor said the event has put to rest the numerous rumours concerning the efficacy of the National Identity project.

Governor Ikpeazu, while stressing the importance of the multifunctional electronic identity card, said government would require inputs from the robust data already in the data base of the NIMC to enable it plan for the socioeconomic development of the teeming Abia populace.

He expressed his delight at the prospects and features of the card as he noted the importance of data with regard to planning, social care and economic development of a people as well as crime prevention and control.

He commended the efforts of the National Indentity Management Commission (NIMC) for the robust planning put in place and also the depth reached in trying to mobilise Abians to register for their national identity card adding that the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, is heading a strong committee charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Abians register in their numbers within the shortest possible time.

Ikpeazu said his administration will support the commission to ensure the success of their assignment in the state and thereby called on Abians and Nigerians to embrace and see it as their own.

Earlier while presenting the national identity card to the Governor, the leader of the NIMC delegation, Mr Loveday Chika Ogbonna, said that number of registered Abians on the scheme is not encouraging. While urging them to key into the project, he said with the card’s rich database, government would be able to allocate resources and plan government services for the citizenry more effectively.

Mr Ogbonna revealed that the multifunctional electronic identity card would among other things enable the user to make purchases online, adding that the card, if preloaded can take up to five million naira and can be used both within and outside the country.

Abia@28: Ikpeazu addresses Abians

STATE BROADCAST BY THE GOVENOR OF ABIA STATE, DR. OKEZIE VICTOR IKPEAZU ON THE OCCASION OF THE 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF ABIA STATE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019

MY GOOD PEOPLE OF ABIA STATE,

It is my honour and pleasure to address you today on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the creation of our dearly beloved Abia, God’s own State.

I am thankful to God that our state has continued to march on resolutely over the years and despite obvious challenges, we have made appreciable progress and I have no doubt that we are firmly on course in our journey to the Abia of our dreams.

As you all are aware, to the glory of God, we have come through an intense electioneering season where we were able to prove once again that we are indeed, God’s Own State. Attempts were made to stoke embers of division and strife among us but we collectively agreed that the bonds that unite us are stronger than those who seek to divide us and we came out even stronger and more united.

I must at this point pay special tribute to our founding fathers for their foresight in conceptualizing the Abia Charter of Equity. It is a template that has ensured that every part of Abia State is equitably treated in the socio-political evolution of the state. I thank God that we have sustained that charter and I will do my best to ensure that the torch of equity in Abia State remains alight.

Since our assumption of office for a second term on the saddle of leadership in Abia State, we have taken steps to consolidate on the successes we recorded in our first term while ensuring that we finish strongly, our second and last lap.

I wish to reiterate that our cardinal objective in our second term is the completion of all the projects that we began in our first term while laying solid foundations for sustainable job creation for our teeming youths in Abia State.

In that regard, we have hit the ground running upon our swearing-in and have taken steps to actualize our objectives as stated above. Permit me therefore to give you a brief rundown of some of our activities since we resumed duty on May 29, 2019.

STREET LIGHTING
We set up a Committee to rehabilitate non-functional ones and install new street lights in Aba and Umuahia and I am glad that many of our major streets in both our major cities are brilliantly lit at night at the moment. I am glad with the feedback I am getting on the impact of the streetlights on extended business hours, security and general aesthetics in our cities and we are determined to ensure that the initiative is sustained and expanded. For the record, about 1,000 streetlights have been installed in Aba and Umuahia in the first phase and a similar number will soon be deployed to cover all dark spots within the major cities in our state.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION
Mindful of the difficulty in constructing roads in the rainy season, we have carried out palliative remedial works on many of the bad roads in Umuahia and Aba preparatory to contractors handling them fully returning to site as soon as the rains abate.

In the meantime, Arab contractors, handling the Aba Road in Umuahia have continued working and they are about completing the Phase 1 of the project. Drainage work is also ongoing on the Phase 2 which will see the project extended to the Port-Harcourt Expressway at Ubakala.

In a similar vein, China Zonghao, the contractor handling the Osisioma Interchange is also on site and the project is advancing. We have also made appreciable progress on the Ururuka Road, Osusu Road, Udeagbala Road, Port-Harcourt Road, the Abiriba-Nkporo Road, the Umuokpara Ring Road and the Umuene-Omoba Road.

I trust that we are all witnesses to the work we are currently doing at Aba-Owerri Road in Aba. The 12 Inches thickness of the concrete underlay we are piling on the perennially bad portion of the road before the final asphalt overlay bears testimony to the kind of roads our administration is desirous of bequeathing to Abians, even as we pledge that the ongoing Osusu road will bear our signature Cement Rigid Pavement Technology.

We are currently concentrating on building new drains and the desilting of blocked ones to allow for free flow of storm water to the natural collection points and as soon as the rains abate, contractors, who have already been mobilized, will resume work on most of our over 95 ongoing road projects across the state.
Beloved Abians, I am not unaware of the complaints that have been made in certain quarters that our projects are slow and delayed. My response to that is that we are more interested in the quality of projects we undertake than the quantity and the speed of completion.

We have no interest in speedily completing projects for accolades and applause only for the projects to fail shortly after. Our administration is building to last. Within the bounds of the resources available to us, we will spread them equitably across sectors while ensuring that we get optimal value for every money we spend. I have said it before and I will like to reiterate it that no road built under our administration will collapse in the lifetime of our administration contrary to what was hitherto obtainable. We do not have the money to be returning to the same project every year. We will rather take time to painstakingly do a project once and for all than rush to finish a project within a year and it will fail by the next year.

It is for this reason that I invite you to take time to check Oomne Road, Kamalu Road, Faulks Road, Ehere, Chima Nwafor/MCC, Ukaegbu, Umuola, Ovom, Samek, Tonimas, ENUC, Umuatako, Isingwu-Ossah, Ukaegbu Estate, Low –cost Housing Estate internal roads and a whole lot of other roads that we have done which have remained undented after several rainy seasons over the past 4 years. I also invite Abians, users and residents of these roads to cast their minds back to the condition of these roads before our administration came on board. We agree that there is still a lot of work left to be done. But we take pride in the ones we have done so far.

AGRICULTURE

We intend to pursue a robust agricultural policy in our second term in line with our 5 Pillars of Development. This drive will see us support the creation of agro-allied industries across various value chains in the agricultural sector. From Livestock to Poultry, Rice to Oil Palm, Cassava to Yams and other cash crops, we are doing big things in agriculture in our 2nd term. As a mark of our seriousness in this regard, we are set to complete the Acha Rice Mill in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State which will serve as a Milling hub for Rice farmers in that axis. Other similar Mills are already established while others are ongoing in other Rice-producing communities in Abia North Senatorial Zone.

SME/JOB CREATION

Work has reached advance stages in the 2 Shoe Factories about to be opened in Abia State. The NIBRA Leather City at Obuaku, Ukwa West LGA is progressing rapidly while the massive factory-building for the Abia State Automated Shoe Factory, located at Aba, has been completed with installation of machines imminent. It is my projection that despite the initial delays, our dream of automated shoe production will commence in Abia State before the end of the year 2019.

The Enyimba Economic City Project is also fully on course with key preliminary components of the project being tidied up. In a short while, we shall be hosting a grand event at the project site for the formal groundbreaking and commencement of construction works.

Our young ones we took to China to train on automated show production are poised to resume at the factory as pilot producers. In the meantime, they are all doing well having expanded their operations and incorporated new skills. One of them just won an award for the best Female Entrepreneur in Nigeria with a brand new car and N1M as award price which she has just brought to show to me. Who says that something is not happening for those who are dedicated, committed and ready to work in Abia State?

My commitment to creating jobs for the teeming youths of Abia State remain unwavering and with the number of different Public Private Partnership projects we have on ground, it will be jobs, jobs, jobs in Abia State going forward.

HOUSING
I have paid a visit to the New Government House Complex in Umuahia and have opened discussions with the contractors handling the project to see how our administration can complete the project and bequeath it to the people of Abia State. In the meantime, I am glad to announce that we have completed a brand new Headquarters Complex for the Zone 9 Command of the Nigeria Police Force. They will shortly be moving out of their rented temporary offices at Ehimiri Housing Estate in Umuahia into the purpose-built headquarters our administration has provided for them at the Government Station Layout.

We are also constructing a new road to Ubani Market and adjoining Housing Estates through Amuzukwu, Umuahia that will take commuters 5 minutes to get from Isi gate to the Ubani area.

We are building a new market for groceries in Umuahia and it will be ready before the end of the year. We will subsequently decongest Isi-gate and commence beautification and round about works around that axis.

In addition, the Abia State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) and the Abia State Internal Revenue Services have moved into their permanent Headquarters Complexes while other Agencies and key Government Offices operating out of inadequate facilities will be supported to erect befitting permanent headquarters.

We will soon retool our Housing Corporation to reclaim and revive all abandoned Housing Estates around the State and ensure their speedy developments. These are deliberate strategies to give our State Capital, Umuahia and other key cities the modern outlook befitting their status while opening them up for rapid development.

EDUCATION
Ndi Abia Ndi Nwem, I am proud to announce to you that once again, Abia State students were exceptional in the just concluded May/June 2019 WAEC Examination. We are proud to have sustained this feat which we started upon assumption of office and with the work we are doing in the educational sector, I have no doubt that we will remain on top for the forseable future in that sector.

Let me add that we are concluding arrangements with various international partners for massively-discounted Scholarship packages for Abia State students wishing to pursue Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies abroad. We have reconstituted the Abia State Scholarship Board and they will make the necessary announcements but suffice it to state that we are planning for the future of our students in Abia State and I promise to ensure that about 500 candidates will be leaving the shores of Abia for further education within the next 6 months.

We are set to deliver 250 new classroom blocks across Primary and Secondary Schools in Abia State, deploy Community Security Officials to protect school infrastructure and students and sustain the training and retraining of our teachers both locally and internationally.

We will also continue our Home Grown School Feeding Programme this 2nd Term.

SALARY UPDATE
Dear Abians, it will not be fair of me to finish this broadcast without providing accurate update on the salary status in Abia State. I make bold to say that all Ministries and Departments in Abia State have received their July 2019 Salaries and are on track to receive their August 2019 Salaries by the end of this month. The workers being owed salaries are mostly staff of Agencies who receive monthly subventions from Government and who were expected to manage their affairs including payment of staff salaries. As the father to all, I will not leave the staff of these Agencies to suffer. I have set up a Committee headed by the Head of Service of Abia State, Sir Onyii Wamah to work out modalities for the liquidation of these arrears so that they can be up to date like their MDAs counterparts. We are also reviewing the operations of all revenue-generating Agencies in Abia State to ensure their financial discipline.

Let me use this opportunity to also plead with Pensioners for their patience as steps are being taken to ensure a more efficient pension-administration regime in Abia State.

I make bold to state that every funds we have received till date, released for the purposes of payment of salary arrears, were judiciously utilized according to their stated purpose of release. It is still a matter of public record that the ICPC commended the Abia State Government for effective management of its bailout funds at a time other states were being investigated for mismanaging same.

Beloved Abians, I state unequivocally that the welfare of every Abian is of paramount importance to me. I am your Governor. You elected me to serve you. I understand your challenges. I feel your pain. I assure you that your welfare and wellbeing will always be my topmost priority.

I assure you that one thing you will never doubt where I, Okezie Ikpeazu is concerned, is my commitment and sincerity of purpose in serving you. I will remain transparent and honest with you. I will keep you updated on what we are doing and I will take your feedbacks. I am one of you. I am here for you. Together, we will do that which is right to the glory of God and for the benefit of Ndi Abia.

Let me at this juncture pay special tribute to our founding fathers of Abia State and reassure them that we are carrying aloft the flame of development which they lit.
I commiserate with families of our dearly departed founding fathers while celebrating those still among us. I salute the Ezeogo Dr. Anaga Ezikpe-led Abia State Advisory Council for their painstaking dedication in putting together events commemorating our creation every year. May God continue to strengthen them.

I congratulate all those who have been chosen for conferment of awards this year and urge them to continue to be worthy of the recognition accorded them.

To all Abians in every walk of life, I remind you that this state belongs to all of us. Odinma Abia should be our guiding principle in all of our endeavours. We have no other state to call home. I promise you that by the end of our tenure, we shall be bequeathing to you, an Abia, far greater than the one we met. This is our solemn pledge. So help us God.

God Bless our Founding Fathers
God Bless Abia State
Abia ga adi Ukwu.

I thank you all for your kind attention and I say happy 28th anniversary.

MSME: Ikpeazu congratulates Miss Onwuasoanya

The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated winner of the 2nd National competition of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) competition, Miss Nora Onwuasoanya, while stressing the need to encourage Abia youths in their endeavors.

He made the statement today while receiving the winner at the Government House, Umuahia, where he stated that his efforts towards the Small and Medium Enterprises in Abia state and indeed the country are aimed at the creative spirit of the average Nigerian.

He expressed his delight at Miss Onwuasoanya’s hardwork, dedication and commitment saying her victory is not an end but an enabler which will trigger her to do more. He assured of his confidence in her while encouraging her to put God first in all she does and also make efforts to become better in all she does.

The Governor also made a gift donation of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) while pledging his support for her business endeavors.

Earlier, the winner of the MSME award, Miss Nora Onwuasoanya, who said she applied for the competition under the category of creative arts with the prize award of N1,000,000 (One million Naira Only) but was fortunately nominated for a higher award as the outstanding MSME of the year.

She disclosed that she was the only participant from the South East and thanked the Governor who laid the foundation for her drive in MSME saying her story will not be complete without making mention of his role in it and for making Made in Aba products a name to be reckoned with.

Ikpeazu visits Isi-Gate, promises better market for traders

The Governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has revealed his plans to relocate grocery traders at the former Umuahia main market also known as Isi Gate to a more suitable and conducive environment within the state capital.

The Governor, while on inspection of the former main market, revealed to the traders that there is an on-going market project at Amuzukwu, Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state where he said the market stalls, after completion, will be occupied by the traders of perishable goods and commodities.

He regretted the current state of the city centre and the risk at which the traders are exposed to, saying that the newly built market stalls have been provided with both male and female conveniences, water borehole, stores, good road network and had been made conducive for traders of all kinds of perishable goods. He also said that traders of used clothing otherwise known as ‘Okirika’ and bale materials are to move to the Ubani market as provisions have been put in place for them there.

He also revealed that the state government has been reluctant to dislodge the traders from the former market because of the new market stalls which were yet to be completed and made available, stating that the relocation was necessary as the former Isi Gate which is the city centre has to be made free from traffic congestion and filth. The Governor further urged the traders to co-operate with the state government as it has the interest of the citizens at heart.

Earlier, Chief Emma Nwabuko, revealed that the new market stalls will be ready in the next two weeks as the Governor has made financial provisions for the completion of the market stalls sited at Amuzukwu Ibeku. He also said that the new location of the market was suitable for its intended purpose so as to ease traffic at the Isi Gate area.

He commended the Governor whom he said believes in trade and commerce, and promised to deliver on the given task.