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The Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry in Abia State, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu, has assured traders in the state of government’s readiness to alleviate the pains they face in the course of doing business.
The commissioner, who gave the assurance when he visited traders at Umuahia Ultra-Modern Market, Ubani Ibeku, stressed that the Governor Alex Otti administration was a government of the people, submitting that Ubani Market was of great importance to the government as it was the largest market in Umuahia.
Ukaegbu said Governor Otti, whom they supported at the polls, would work for the good of ‘Abians’, noting that the state government knew their plight, including bad road, ‘which is under reconstruction.’
He said the government was aware of Umueze-Agbo road construction, adding that it was working to move traders at Isigate back to Ubani market.
The commissioner assured the business owners that despite the outdated storefronts, the government will work to restore the market’s functionality.
highlighting the fact that when the government creates a favourable market environment, the traders will be content, pay their levies easily, and provide income for the state.
The Chairman, Umuahia Ultra-Modern Market, Ubani Ibeku, Iroham Nwoko, thanked the commissioner for the visit which he said was first of its kind in the history of the market.
He thanked Dr. Otti for his love for the traders and listed some of their challenges hindering growth of the market and the required revenue expected from them to include bad roads, transportation, electricity and security.
Others, according to him, are placing of waste disposal trucks and the full implementation of HAB 13 law passed by the House of Assembly concerning markets.
Nwoko implored the government to rehabilitate the fire service office and establish a rubber slippers/plastic manufacturing company in the market to help make it more viable.
A trader, Chief Simon Osuji, thanked the commissioner for the visit, describing him as a hardworking and vibrant person who has come to change the old order of administration by coming closer to the traders.
He pledged their support to the Otti administration.
The commissioner, accompanied by the Director of Commerce, Elder Mecha Udonsi, was welcomed by market executives and traders.