By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Over 3,000 displaced traders of the demolished Owerri Ekeukwu market by Imo State government, yesterday, got a cheque of N50 million, to assist them revive their businesses.
Chief Executive Officer, Zinox Technologies, Leo Stan Ekeh, handed over the cheque to Fidelity Bank representative, Mr. Iheanyi Amakeme, in Owerri, for onward disbursement.
According to Ekeh, he donated the money in order to calm tension.
On how he was able to gather the data of the affected traders, he said it was through the committee for rehabilitation of displaced Ekeukwu traders, headed by Mr Ambrose Ejiogu.
Ekeh said: “Let me tell you, even in Lagos, it is good to support the state that supports the growth of your business. If I do it to other states while not my own state. Nobody can stop me from doing something good for Imo State. I intervene quietly and I do not make noise about it. So, I am doing this to calm tension. Also, we have included the families of the bereaved including those of them still hospitalized.”
While thanking Ekeh, for this gesture, Chairman of Ekeukwu market, Mr. Lawrence Okwudiri Alex, said: “I am short of words but I want to say this: your intervention has saved people who would have died.”