November 24, 2015
RelocationÂ of Street Traders in AbaÂ Will ContinueÂ Â —- 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 Â the relocation of illegal street traders to the Goodmorning Market, Â in Ngwa Road, the train will move down to the Abattoir Market at Waterside and from there to other locations where street trading constitutes Â 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 scaleÂ programme of Â infrastructural renewalÂ and environmentalÂ restoration of the city of Aba for which the government created the Aba UrbanÂ Renewal OfficeÂ and which is aimed at Â sanitizing the city and restoring its original map.
This Â broad-based programme Â of restructuring Aba is Â a cardinal policy thrust Â of the current administration and one it Â isÂ pursuingÂ with passion,Â dedication andÂ every sense of duty
TheÂ Â 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 Â mattersÂ 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 Â 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 Â said street trading and street hawking causeÂ a lot of menace both to traffic flow and environmentalÂ Â decency and poses a great risk to the life of the tradersÂ 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 anymoreÂ 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 toÂ disabuse Â the minds of general public Â Â againstÂ the propaganda peddled by some disgruntled elements that the exercise isÂ targeted against non-indigenes.Â Â 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.Â Governor Ikpeazu is rebuilding a new city for the world.
Therefore, political jobbers and enemies of the stateÂ who are cashingÂ in onÂ this sanitation exercise toÂ generate crisis and foment trouble are well advised to rethink their mischief. They mustÂ desist from acts and statements capable of inciting Aba residents against one anotherÂ and causing the breach of the prevailing peace in the land.
Government recognizes that theÂ 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 encouragedÂ to be partners with the law enforcement agencies in their effort toÂ live up to their statutory responsibility of maintaining law and order and protecting lives and property.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor