Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has given the go-ahead for the second phase reconstruction of the Ariaria International Market in the state.
This was disclosed on Sunday in a statement by the Honorable Commissioner for Information, of the State, John Okiyi Kalu.
The construction which will begin on Sunday, 5th September 2021 will help solve the issue of perennial flooding of the market.
The statement said, “Traders currently doing business along A-Line, C-Line and Medical Line are to relocate from their shops on or before the close of business on Saturday, 4th September 2021 to enable the commencement of work the following day, Sunday, 5th September 2021.
“Also, those affected are to temporarily relocate to Ekumi Shopping plaza or other available shops within the market.
“The developers have committed to completing the required work in the phase which includes the establishment of proper drainage channels within the affected lines, construction of new shops and parks, before the first week of December 2021.
“Abia state government will through subsequent press releases publish the names of existing shop allottees who are guaranteed of their return to the reconstructed shops after completion of the first phase. It is important to state that no existing shop allottee will lose his/her shop after the work.
“Trading activities are expected to continue in other lines that are not affected by the first phase of the redevelopment project while the appointed developers, Messrs Blessed Henkel International Company, are expected to work with the market committee and security agents to ensure full security within the market during the period of redevelopment.
“Government wishes to assure traders that it will work to ensure minimal disruptions to trading activities while executing this project which has now been made more urgent and crucial because of the recent flooding forecast from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet.
“We will also not in any way tolerate any attempt by any individual or group to disrupt the planned work as we have consulted widely enough and given enough grace period, long before now, for alternative solutions which never yielded any meaningful result,” the statement said.