Relocation of Street Traders in Aba Will Continue

November 24, 2015
Press Statement
Relocation  of Street Traders in Aba  Will Continue   —- Abia Govt
The Abia State Government has disclosed that the ongoing relocation of illegal street traders in Aba will continue until the city is sanitized and decorum brought to bear in the entire life of the city.
The government said after  the relocation of illegal street traders to the Goodmorning Market,  in Ngwa Road, the train will move down to the Abattoir Market at Waterside and from there to other locations where street trading constitutes  an environmental nuisance to the city.
The government explained that the Abattoir Market traders will have to be relocated to another side because of the dredging and expansion of the Aba River which will recommence very soon.
The entire exercise is part of the large scale  programme of  infrastructural renewal  and environmental  restoration of the city of Aba for which the government created the Aba Urban  Renewal Office  and which is aimed at  sanitizing the city and restoring its original map.
This  broad-based programme  of restructuring Aba is  a cardinal policy thrust  of the current administration and one it  is  pursuing  with passion,  dedication and  every sense of duty
The   restructuring programme involves a general review of the state of the open markets and a general overhauling of the leadership of the markets including the associations and the different caretaker committees appointed by government to oversee issues and  matters of the markets.
It is for this reason that the government has had to dissolve many of the committees and leadership of the many market associations in Aba, and also had to appoint a Market Review and Development Committee headed by Mr. Solomon Nwaigwe  with the brief to conduct a general review of the state of the markets and proffer solutions for charting a new course for the markets.
The government  said street trading and street hawking cause  a lot of menace both to traffic flow and environmental   decency and poses a great risk to the life of the traders  and that is why government has provided alternative market places for these illegal street traders.
Nowhere in the world is the culture of street trading tolerated anymore  and therefore Aba traders and residents must cooperate with government agents in the efforts to sanitize Aba and bring decorum to the city and its markets and desist from actions that could lead to confrontation with constituted authority.
There is also need to  disabuse  the minds of general public   against  the propaganda peddled by some disgruntled elements that the exercise is  targeted against non-indigenes.  Aba is a melting pot for all ethnic nationalities in the country. Aba does not only belong to Abians, it belongs to Nigerians and the world.  Governor Ikpeazu is rebuilding a new city for the world.
Therefore, political jobbers and enemies of the state  who are cashing  in on  this sanitation exercise to  generate crisis and foment trouble are well advised to rethink their mischief. They must  desist from acts and statements capable of inciting Aba residents against one another  and causing the breach of the prevailing peace in the land.
Government recognizes that the  mandate to rebuild Aba and other major Abia cities would certainly come with sacrifices and requires the co-operation of all Abians and this is in the overall interest of us all.
The general public is also encouraged  to be partners with the law enforcement agencies in their effort to  live up to their statutory responsibility of maintaining law and order and protecting lives and property.
Godwin Adindu,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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