Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Respite may have come for traders at the roadside Mile 1 market, Port Harcourt as shops are to be allocated to them at the newly completed Town Market.
The allocation is coming almost two years during which they have operated openly on the roads.
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Hon. Victor Giadom, while handing over the Port Harcourt Town market to the State Executive Committee to allocate shops said government appointed an Exco Committee on the allocation of the stores to fast-track the exercise.
He commended the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the contractor, O.K. Isokariari Limited for ensuring the speedy completion of the market.
Hon. Giadom said, “the market contains 1,064 lock-up shops and open stores, one fire service station, one generator house, 64 toilets, four banking houses, one waste dump, one transformer, water facility and parking lots.
“The waste dump is provided to ensure good sanitary condition of the market. I believe the Chairman of the Exco Committee on the market allocation will swiftly hand over the stores to the traders in line with Government’s gesture,” he explained.
In his comments, the Chairman of the Exco Committee who is also the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, said his Committee had already started the allocation exercise to alleviate the suffering of the traders.
Dr. Parker explained that all the traders already know their stores which are identifiable by their numbers.
The Secretary of the Traders Union, Mr. Emmanuel Akaeze, expressed the willingness of the traders to move into their stores immediately and thanked the Rivers State Government for converting the market to a modern edifice.