Ikpeazu has  set  minimum standard for projects execution ; says Commissioner.

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 Ikpeazu has  set  minimum standard for projects execution ; says Commissioner.

Abia state Trade and Investment Commissioner Chief John Okiyi Kalu said that the out-going state governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu set a minimum standard for the remodelling of the Aba Ariaria International markets and other projects he undertook and or undertakig

He also said that if the foundations the governor laid and the  standards he set are adopted and sustained by his successors ,  Abia will advance to  become the enviable model  state in the country

The Commissioner spoke at the weekend while inspecting on-going remodelling  of 14 three-Storey Blocks at A – LINE  in  Ariaria International Market Aba ,during which he expressed elation over what have been achieved on ground

He said that the remodelling works will continue till the May 29  termination date for the Ikpeazu administration pointing out that hence government remains a continuum, Ikpeazu’s successor will takeover and expressed optimism that the set  standard  will be sustained

According to him, ” the Ikpeazu administration has set standards for succeeding governments to deliver quality  projects even in phases

The Commissioner said that despite the massive on-going massive works, all  the  displaced Traders in the market  were re-located within the same market adding that on completion of works , the same Traders will return to their former stores/shops ” We have even started issuing Allocation Papers to the original shop owners who were re-located temporarily

The Commissioner who said that  the market remodelling is being effected under the Public/ Private Partnership ( PPP)  without  government direct  funding other than  providing the necessary guarantees, added that over 1.5 million businesses are daily   transacted in the market that has capacity for about unconfirmed three million trader

The Site Engineer of Blessed Henken Ltd handing the contract Mr Henry Okoroafor said that the market was re-designed  as a  Mall against just a market it was hitherto and listed some of the facilities that are to   provided as Parks, Hospital, Hotel, School, Fire Station, Police  Station, Banks, Water, guarantee power supply including Solar,  Elevators, among other

 Chairman of Market Traders Association  Mr Michael Amaku commended the state governor, the partners  undertaking the PPP project and the Contractor for so far doing quality works and expressed expectation the in-coming administration will key in immediately

The Ariaria market formerly known as  Eke Oha Aba situated between Ehi and Market roads, was re-located  to Ariaria after the civil war about 1974 partly because the old site became over congested  with no more available space  for expansion to any direction

Many years after its re-location to Ariaria, it started experiencing environmental problems due heavy flooding and poor drainage resulting to water-logging.  It’s  environs,  entry and exit points became so dilapidated  over the years which previous state administration’s efforts to address were more of palliatives

Heavy rains and   flooding  often  destroyed goods worth billions of naira against which traders cried out in pains calling for rescue

According to Commissioner Kalu, it was in the bid to permanently address the scenario that compelled governor Ikpeazu administration to totally re-model the entire market through this  public and private partnership ( PPP) arrangement.