By Emeka Akomas Umuahia
The chairman of Amuzukwu Relief Market Umuahia Chief. Charles Uwanuakwa has called on the Abia State government to immediately dislodge traders who have continued to carry out their businesses at Isi gate after governments directives expired December 2019 for them to relocate to Amuzukwu Relief Market.
Chief Uwanuakwa made the call while chatting with newsmen in Umuahia on the state of the market noted that traders have deserted the market opting to go back to Isi gate contrary to governments directives.
He further said with large scale trading going on at bonny street by Owerri Abriba street by Owerri Lagos street by Owerri Eket by Owerri Warri by Owerri road and many more traders, Amuzukwu Relief Market may be forced to go back to Isi gate if something is not done to dislodge those traders there. “Shops at the market have been turned to hide out and toilets by touts, all the shop have been paid for with people borrowing from different sources. Their low sales were due to the desertion of traders to the aforementioned streets while landlords smile to the banks, besides the chaotic traffic situation, and defacing the beauty of the state capital,” Uwanuakwa stated.
He also suggested that the state government should set up a committee /task force made up of market leaders and not touts to assist in dislodging the defiant trader from Isi gate to Amuzukwu Relief Market.
When our correspondent visited the aforementioned streets, traders were seen in large numbers doing their usual businesses while the Amuzukwu Relief Market was scanty with few traders, many of the traders who spoke to us alleged that they paid some representatives of governments officials money ranging from N30,000.00 to build containers along the major streets while some of the petty traders pay N200.00 daily.