Breaking: Reconstruction Works Start Wednesday at Ariaria Int’l Market, Aba

Following a period of careful planning and meetings with stakeholders, reconstruction work is set to commence at one of West Africa’s largest and most popular markets, the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia State on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

This followed an announcement today in Umuahia signed and made available to newsmen by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu.

The work which is to be carried out in phases is expected to be concluded by the first week of December, 2021, with existing allottees who relocated because of it to be returned to their shops before new allottees are considered.

The announcement in full reads:

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the commencement of redevelopment work in A-Line, C-Line and Medical Line in Ariaria International Market, Aba from midnight of Wednesday, 8th September, 2021.

The redevelopment work which will ensure reconstruction of internal roads, new drains for proper storm water channeling and new ultra-modern shops with car parks, police and fire service posts in the first phase will also include works on A-Line and associated lock up shops, C-Line, Surgical Line up to Enyimba gate, kitchen utensils shops and Medical Line is expected to be concluded with minimal disruptions to trading activities at the other lines.

The Governor further directs that all existing allottees affected by the redevelopment work must be returned to their shops as a matter of utmost priority before new off takers are considered.

In light of the above, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the setting up of a project implementation and monitoring committee with the following members:

a. Sir Michael Egwu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade & Investment
b. Mr Obi Collins (aka O Collins)
c. Mr Emma Ohia (aka Emma Italo)
d. Mr Johnson Agwata
e. Elder Emeka Igara
f. Mr Obichukwu Daniel
g. Aba Area Commander, Nigeria Police Force
h. Representative of Department of State Services
i. Representatives of relevant LGAs (Aba North & Osisioma)
j. Traditional Ruler and youth leader of Ariaria community
k. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria, Abia Chapter
l. Mr Ugochukwu Alaribe
m. Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor
n. Hon. Okey Ogbonna
o. Mr Johnson Peter
p. Representatives of Ministries of Works, and Lands
q. Prince Okpanku Paul
r. Mr Alozie Ihmabulaotu
s. Hon Sopuruchi Bekee
t. Mr Jesse Ukachukwu
u. Chief John Okiyi Kalu ( Chairman)

As further directed by the Governor, the list of existing allottees in the affected lines will be published tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, for verification with the concerned allottees expected to review the list and report any omission or other errors therefrom to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment or the undersigned for necessary correction.

As agreed during the final harmonization meeting with the Governor on Tuesday, September 7, at the Governor’s Lodge, Aba, all those affected in this phase of the work are expected to remove their wares latest by close of business on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to enable work commence in earnest and conclude before the end of the first week of December 2021.