Traders who were relocated to the Relief Market for Perishable goods at Amuzukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Council Area of Abia State have all resorted to sleeping all day long as the fortunes they used to enjoy at the Isi-Gate Area has withered away.

Recall that in a bid to reclaim the Isi-Gate area of the capital city, the authorities in Abia state gave the traders until December 31, 2019, to vacate the area which hitherto was booming with trading activities which also drew in the attendant traffic gridlock at the heart of the state capital.

At the elapse of that grace a task force was set up to enforce the government order of No Street Trading in the area even as the military deployed three Hilux Van Load of soldiers who have permanently taken over strategic positions in the area.

In order to make the relocation work this time around, Government assured traders who were willing to go to the main market at Urban Ibeku that whichever spot they get and clear will be allocated to them free, and so, those who were unluckily not accommodated at the newly created Relief market AT Amuzukwu moved in their droves to Ubani, since this was the only convenient thing for the government of the day.

When our reporter visited the Relief Market, it was discovered that business activities were very dull even as traders bemoan their ill fate of getting relocated to the market which was hurriedly put together, all in an effort to ensure that government has alternative spaces at hand before forcibly relocating the miserable traders.

According to Mr Alphonsus Obidike but simply known as Oga Al, the entire shops built in the market accommodated only about sixty traders and which he had described as grossly inadequate for those traders selling perishable goods just as he acknowledged this situation on ground made it imperative for others to flow their business along the adjoining roads and streets, all in order to get a decent space for their goods.

But even though there is visible identification to prove that traders have infiltrated all the nooks and crannies of the area, most spaces and tables were unoccupied and Obidike associated this to the low patronage they receive in their new location which shares a wall with Amuzukwu Community Primary school as well as Girls Secondary School, Amuzukwu.


Queenta N. Duru Iruka
A certified Senior Reporter/Advert Executive Evergreennewoline, Creative Writer/Graphic Designer/Political Analysts/ Entrepreneur & Fashionista



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