By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â TRADERS at Mile One Market in Port Harcourt relocated for work to commence in the first phase of the market project have been assured that they would be re-allocated their stalls.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi,Â who gave this assurance in the state capital yesterday, said the state government was in possession of the original list of traders who did business in the market.Former Governor Celestine Omehia awarded contract for the rebuilding of the market, a development that caused the relocation of most of the traders to other areas in Diobu.
There had been fears among this set of traders, with the project almost set for commissioning, thatÂ they might lose their stalls in the market. They were, however, very elated when GovernorÂ Amaechi assured that they would be the first group of people to be allocated stalls.
The governor said not even his wife or any politician in the state would get a shop in the part of the market that had been completed.â€œOnly traders that were originally displaced would be given the stalls,â€ Amaechi assured the traders.
The governor saidÂ an executive committee hadÂ been constituted to oversee the re-allocation of the stalls to the traders to enable them commence their business, and disclosed that the second phase of the market project would kick off soon.