• Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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Abia bans street trading in Ariaria area of Aba


Abia State Government has banned street trading in Ariaria axis of Aba, as the State moves to restore sanity and order in the area.

This is following the successful dislodging of street traders at Enyimba area of Ariaria International Market, by the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in a public announcement ordered that on no account should any form of street trading return to that area under any guise whatsoever.

“A ban is hereby placed on erecting any shops, tents or any other structure by whatever name called for the purposes of trading around that area”.

Consequently, Governor Ikpeazu ordered all relevant agencies of the Abia State Government to work with security agencies to effectively and decisively carry out these instructions.

He also authorized security agencies to arrest and prosecute any person who attempts to flout this order.

He advised those who wish to do business to find spaces for their trading inside the market.

Governor Ikpeazu further ordered the Abia State Public Utilities Management Agency to immediately move into the area, clean up the place and turn the surroundings into green areas, through the planting of flowers and other ornamental trees, as well as restore the original plan for that area which is to create unrestricted access into and out of the market.

He stated that Government was fully determined to put an end to indiscriminate street trading and restore decency around the State’s market environments and indeed along all major streets across the state.