Governor Ikpeazu vows to stop street trading in Abia.

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Despite the heat being generated by the ongoing  war against illegal street trading in Abia, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has vowed that he will not renege on the exercise.
Ikpeazu said he will continue the battle until the streets of Aba and Umuahia are cleansed and sanitized and decorum restored in the cities.
Government officials and traders in Aba have been  having running battles over the attempt by government to relocate them to new sites but Governor Ikpeazu, speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, said the exercise is for the general good and part  of a large scale  programme of   infrastructural renewal  and environmental  restoration of the city of Aba  for which the government created the Aba Urban  Renewal Office  and which is aimed at  sanitizing the city and restoring its original map.
Ikpeazu emphasized that the  broad-based programme  of restructuring Aba is  a cardinal policy thrust  of the his administration and which  is being  pursued  with passion,  dedication and  every sense of duty, adding that he has had to conduct a general review and overhauling of the leadership of the markets and the different caretaker committees established by government to oversee issues concerning the markets.
He  said after  the relocation of illegal street traders to the Goodmorning Market,  in Ngwa Road, the train will move down to the Abattoir Market at Waterside which has to be relocated because of the planned dredging and expansion of the Aba River and from there to other locations where street trading constitutes  an environmental nuisance to the city. 
“It is for this reason that the government has had to dissolve many of the committees and leadership of the many market associations in Aba, and also had to appoint a Market Review and Development Committee headed by Solomon Nwaigwe  with the brief to conduct a general review of the state of the markets and proffer solutions for charting a new course for the markets,”  declared Ikpeazu.
 The government said street trading and street hawking cause  a lot of menace both to traffic flow and environmental   decency and poses a great risk to the life of the traders  and that is why government has provided alternative market places for these illegal street traders.
 
Nowhere in the world is the culture of street trading tolerated anymore and therefore Aba traders and residents must cooperate with government agents in the efforts to sanitize Aba and bring decorum to the city and its markets and desist from actions that could lead to confrontation with constituted authority.
 
 There is also need to  disabuse  the minds of general public   against  the propaganda peddled by some disgruntled elements that the exercise is  targeted against non-indigenes.   Aba is a melting pot for all ethnic nationalities in the country. Aba does not only belong to Abians, it belongs to Nigerians and the world.  Governor Ikpeazu is rebuilding a new city for the world.
 
Therefore, political jobbers and enemies of the state  who are cashing  in on  this sanitation exercise to  generate crisis and foment trouble are well advised to rethink their mischief. They must  desist from acts and statements capable of inciting Aba residents against one another  and causing the breach of the prevailing peace in the land. 

Government recognises that the  mandate to rebuild Aba and other major Abia cities would certainly come with sacrifices and requires the co-operation of all Abians and this is in the overall interest of us all.

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