By Ruth Oginyi
Few days after the relocation of Abakpa traders, Ebonyi State Government, has banned street/road trading along major roads in Abakaliki, the state capital.
According to the State Government, trading along major roads from old Government House to Onuebonyi Junction, Afikpo road through Akanu Ibiam to Onuebonyi Junction and all the streets within the neighbourhood of old Abakpa Market is prohibited effective from Wednesday 4th March, 2020.
A statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala said anyone violating the ban would be arrested, investigated and prosecuted in line with the law.
The statement read, “All landlords of buildings around old Abakpa Market are hereby directed to register with the Office of the Secretary to the State Government/Coordinating Commissioner within 5 days from date, failure which will attract serious financial penalty and or sealing of the building.”
“Destruction of dilapidated buildings within the old Abakpa Market will start from Monday, 9th March, 2020 to make way for the reconstruction of the new food, fruits and vegetable market.”
“Government further directs that all complaints arising from the movement and/or relating to allocation or non-allocation of shops at the new International Market should be forwarded to the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”
“Consequently, foodstuff, fruits and vegetable dealers are directed to temporarily and immediately relocate to the new Spero-in-Deo Park around Akanu Ibiam junction.
“Government wishes to thank the traders of the old Abakpa Market, the market women, security agencies, CAN, Neighbourhood Watch, Akubaraoha Youth Assembly and the EXCO Committee on movement of traders to the International market for their various activities that facilitated the smooth movement of traders to the new International Market.”