Abia State Government has stated that traders in Ariaria International Market, Aba are likely to return to their shop by Christmas.

This was made known by the Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, on the Kota Sign programme on BCA Radio on Tuesday.

Chief Okiyi who doubles as the Chairman of Ariaria Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee stated that the target of the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu is to finish up the shop so traders can return to their shop for Christmas sales.

“We have started the pillars that will hold the shops. I was there yesterday to see for myself to know where we are. We are looking at letting traders return to their shops by Christmas. The governor is interested in the project. I was able to check out the progress in Ariaria and Ngwa Road. I’ve given the update to the Governor who wants to meet up with stated targets.”

Recall that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu started the reconstruction of 47-year-old Ariaria International Market in August to address its flooding and provide the traders with a haven to transact business despite series of attempts to stall the reconstruction.

A-line, C-line and medical line were affected but the traders were assured of a return of their allotted shops.

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