The Imo State Government, yesterday, 9th August officially allocated the first phase of shops/lands in the Imo International Market located at Egbeada to the representatives of Douglas Market, Ekeonuwa and Ekeukwu Owerri for speedy development and relocation. This is in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Government and the shop owners at Douglas, Ekeonuwa and Ekeukwu markets that shops will first be allocated to them before considering any other person or group.
A press release from the office of the Deputy Chief Of Staff, Operations, Mr. Kingsley Uju said the traders were urged to fuse into the vision of the Government in ensuring that the new market is developed to International standard and assured them that Government will continue to do its part in ensuring that their demands are met and pleaded with them to abide by the rules; “the rule is not to abandon the shops when given but to develop them so that Government can as well open up the remaining parts of the market for allocation of 2nd phase and speedy completion. For those who may not have the money to develop theirs, arrangements have been made for soft loans from banks ”.
Those in attendance to witness the handover were Honourable members of Imo State House of Assembly led by Hon. Ikechukwu Amuka (Osimiri), Hon. Lugard Osuji, and the Deputy Chief Whip. The representatives of the marketers were Chairman of Douglas Market, Chief K E Onwusoro, Chairman Ekeonunwa market Mr. Onyenaguba, Chairman Ekeukwu Owerri, Mr. A. Okwudiri. Kingsley Uju represented Government of Imo State