Obiano lauds construction of stockfish International Market

The Executiv2016_07_01_2209e Gov­ernor of Anambra State, Chief Dr. Wil­lie Obiano has praised the United Stockfish Dealers Association of Anambra State (USDAAS) for the construction of an Ultra-Modern International Mar­ket in the State.
Obiano showered the praises on the owners of the market which was the amalgam of Ogbaru Stock­fish Dealers Association (OSDA) and the Ose-Ok­wodu Stockfish Dealers Association (SFDA) while commissioning the ‘Stock­fish International Market’ recently at km 3 Onitsha-Owerri Road, Obosi.
The Governor repre­sented by the Commission­er for Trade, Commerce and Wealth Creation, Barr. (Mrs) Amaka Ilobi said that he was impressed by the in­genuity of traders, adding that the market was one of the best market built to meet international stand­ards in the whole of South East of Nigerian.
“The governor considers construction of boreholes, toilet facilities and parking space for vehicles in a mar­ket for it to meet acceptable standards and I have seen all these in this market. In short I have not seen such a market like this built by a branch of a market to such a standard in the whole of South East”, Ilobi said.
Earlier in his address, the president of USDAAS, Mr. Anthony Muoka, said that the stockfish interna­tional market built with numerous infrastructur­al facilities like pipe borne water, stalls with in-built private toilet and modern plazas was initiated and completed to support the government’s effort in de­congesting Onitsha metro­politan city.
However, Muoka ap­pealed to the Governor to provide the market with a security patrol van and oth­er security gadgets to ena­ble the association beef up security. He also request­ed the government to con­struct a pedestrian bridge in front of the market to pro­tect lives of pedestrian cus­tomers and equally enhance free flow of traffic along the Osha-Owerri Road.
Moreover, the USDAAS, president pleaded with the Governor to locate at least one Electoral Ward within the market environment for future general election pur­poses.
He also stressed that the State government grants USDAAS concession on internally generated reve­nue (IGR) fund to enable them offset some debts they owed to banks in the course of constructing the market, assuring that as law abiding citizens they will continue to pay traders tax.
Responding to the ad­dress, Barr. Ilobi said that the working governor would hear their request but pointed out that the IGR is the only thing that the government falls back on to be able to keep pay­ing salaries of workers and pensions of pensioners and continue on other projects which were ongoing in var­ious parts of the State and such should not be tam­pered.
The chairman organiz­ing committee, Mr. Celes­tine Ezewulu said that he was happy that the govern­ment approved the building of the market and advised all users of the market facil­ities to imbibe maintenance culture.
In his vote of thanks Eze Osina, His highness Eze O.S.B. Igwilo said he was proud of his people who constituted up to 80 percent of the traders in the mar­ket. He thanked his fellow Igwe, HRM. Igwe Dubem Iweka III of Obosi, the gov­ernor’s representative, AM­ATAS president and others who saw to the successful building and commission­ing of the market.
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