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The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has renewed the commitment of his government to ensure the improvement of the welfare of traders across the State even in the face of the challenges confronting it.
Governor Ikpeazu, who gave the assurance on Monday when he received Ariaria traders, pointed out that his government is determined to provide the needed infrastructure as part of his plans towards ensuring a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in all parts of the state.
During the meeting, the governor reminded the traders of the need to partner with the government in its efforts to achieve all-round development, particularly with the remodelling of the Ariaria International Market and urged them to bear with the government as it strives to fix Faulks Road – a major access road to the market, emphasizing that work will recommence as soon as the dry season kicks in with rigid pavement technology to be applied at the problematic portions of the road.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed his desire to make Ariaria a modern market of international standard, saying it would improve the economy of the state.
‘We have taken note of your challenges and we will take deliberate actions to alleviate the sufferings of traders and also grow the economy.
‘We are constrained financially, but we will get it done. We have challenges in the area of access roads to the markets, especially with those traders and business people from neighboring states who wish to do business in our State. We are calling on the federal government to help fix the major federal roads in the state to enable better access to our economic nodes from other states’, the Governor said.
Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, re-emphasized government commitment to complete the remodelling of Ariaria International Market within reasonable time stating that all the initial obstacles to the project have been dealt with.
Chief Okiyi assured traders whose shops were demolished that the government is committed to their welfare and that all affected traders will get their shops back before others.
The traders expressed support to the Governor Ikpeazu-led administration and promised to work with the developer handling the Ariaria International Market project to ensure that the remodelling process is completed on time.
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