In the commencement of the redevelopment of Ariaria International Market, Aba, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has appointed a 22 man committee for the project implementation and monitoring.

Speaking through the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Dr Ikpeazu stated that the redevelopment work will start on Wednesday, 8th September 2021.

He assured all the existing allottees affected by the reconstruction work that they will be returned to their shops after the work.

Read the press release below;

Government Special Announcement

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the commencement of redevelopment work in A-Line, C-Line and Medical Line in Ariaria International Market, Aba from midnight of Wednesday, 8th September, 2021.

The redevelopment work which will ensure reconstruction of internal roads, new drains for proper storm water channeling and new ultra-modern shops with car parks, police and fire service posts in the first phase will also include works on A-Line and associated lock up shops, C-Line, Surgical Line up to Enyimba gate, kitchen utensils shops and Medical Line is expected to be concluded with minimal disruptions to trading activities at the other lines.

The Governor further directs that all existing allottees affected by the redevelopment work must be returned to their shops as a matter of utmost priority before new off takers are considered.

In light of the above, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the setting up of a project implementation and monitoring committee with the following members:

a. Sir Michael Egwu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade & Investment
b. Mr Obi Collins (aka O Collins)
c. Mr Emma Ohia (aka Emma Italo)
d. Mr Johnson Agwata
e. Elder Emeka Igara
f. Mr Obichukwu Daniel
g. Aba Area Commander, Nigeria Police Force
h. Representative of Department of State Services
i. Representatives of relevant LGAs (Aba North & Osisioma)
j. Traditional Ruler and youth leader of Ariaria community
k. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria, Abia Chapter
l. Mr Ugochukwu Alaribe
m. Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor
n. Hon. Okey Ogbonna
o. Mr Johnson Peter
p. Representatives of Ministries of Works, and Lands
q. Prince Okpanku Paul
r. Mr Alozie Ihmabulaotu
s. Hon Sopuruchi Bekee
t. Mr Jesse Ukachukwu
u. Chief John Okiyi Kalu ( Chairman)

As further directed by the Governor, the list of existing allottees in the affected lines will be published tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, for verification with the concerned allottees expected to review the list and report any omission or other errors therefrom to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment or the undersigned for necessary correction.

As agreed during the final harmonization meeting with the Governor on Tuesday, September 7, at the Governor’s Lodge, Aba, all those affected in this phase of the work are expected to remove their wares latest by close of business on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to enable work commence in earnest and conclude before the end of the first week of December 2021.

Thank you.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State
07/09/2021

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