Union traders at the popular Onitsha main market has commenced the removal of shop extensions the market so as to improve the flow of human and automobile traffic movement in and out of the market.
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An executive order remove the extensions was given by the governor of Anambrs state, Prof C.C Soludo, and the exercise began with the removal of shop extensions on bright street and white house axis of the market yesterday being Sunday 17th July 2022.
The leader of the demolition taskforce, and Provost of the market Mr Felix Umerah said that the exercise was carried out in compliance with the directives of Anambra State Governor Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
Umerah, also a trader in Main Market disclosed that the governor had ordered all market executives in the State to decongest every entrance roads into their various markets to make way for free flow of human and vehicular movements.
“We are removing all the shop attachments and projections that block roads causing obstruction to movements to and fro this market, and reduce our level of sales and patronage from our customers”.
Speaking to the government officials from Ministry of Commerce and Industry that visited the site, the Secretary of the market Mr. Obijekwu Barth Ifediora complained that some traders abandoned their shops to display their wares on the tarred roads, making movements along the roads almost impossible.
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“We mobilized a joint taskforce with some security apparatus to rid the market roads of all obstructions, and to send these traders and huckters back into their respective shops.
“As you can see, two vehicles can now overtake each here, there will be normal and peaceful movements of humans and vehicles in these roads again. This is how roads ought to be”.
Another member of the decongestion committee Hon Victor Adizi thanked Governor Soludo, and the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Dr. Obinna Ngonadi for the good works they are doing in the State.
He said that the governor’s directive being enforced will create a conducive environment for business to thrive in Main Market.
He called on the State government to give them a written authority to also clear Bida and Sokoto roads where some locals protest over jurisdiction of territory.