By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKI – EBONYI state government is to build an international market along Abakaliki-Ogoja highway, to relocate traders at the popular Abakpa market,Â whose location right inside the capital city has seriously congestedÂ Abakaliki, the state capital.
The international market, when completed, will house commodity shops presently situated in the heart of the city, which have been generating dirt, traffic congestion and nuisance in the Ebonyi capital city.
Managing Director of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB), Mr. Victor Nwofokoda made the disclosure to Vanguard while reacting to cries by residents on the increasing nuisance being constituted by the commodity traders in the capital city, especially around the Abakpa market area.
Nwofokoda lamented that the regional market built by the previous administration in the state had been left underutilized due toÂ the fight betweenÂ Abakaliki and Ebonyi Local Government Areas over revenue generated from the market.
â€œYet these councils cannot use the revenue accruing from the Market to evacuate the refuse generated from the market. But this will soon be over when the international market being constructed by Governor Martin Elechi is completed.
The traders would be compulsorily relocated and the down town will be decongested. Remember that Abakaliki grew from a mere local government headquarters to become a state capital and that is why the Abakpa market is presently causing the traffic obstruction,â€Â NwofokodaÂ said.
He further disclosed other initiatives of the board to include the on-going construction of N12.5b Ocho-Udo new capital city, regulations of traffic flow, out door advertisement, building codes and layout schemes.