The new Amuzukwu relief Market constructed by Gov, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state to take away traders of perishable goods from the busy Umuahia city center, popularly known as Isi-Gate is gradually expanding more than the number of constructed shops as traders were seen occupying the streets of the residential area and academic environment.
Abia Pulse news crew was on ground to access the new development. The relief market which was meant for perishable food items is said to have its environs gradually accommodate traders who deals on clothes as revealed by the chairman of the market, Chief Darlington.
Some traders who spoke to Abia pulse online news crew thanked the governor for the new relief market and also lamented on the cost of renting a shop which was pegged at twenty nine thousand naira (29,000) per month.
“I am not inside the market because it will not be easy for me. The shop is twenty nine thousand naira per month (29,000) and I can’t afford it. I was among those traders at Isi-gate, that place was better off, we sell very well more than here” she said.
When asked why the displaying of goods on the road as well as other traders, she said: “I do pay for staying on the road to sell, I pay ten thousand naira (10,000) monthly to the chairman of the market for permission to stay on the road and sell.” She revealed.
Meanwhile, some shops visible in the market are unoccupied. The relief market is gradually expanding to the streets of Amuzukwu community which also has two schools (Amuzukwu Girls Secondary School 1&2 and Amuzukwu Primary School 1&2). Both has fence between the school and the market. Obviously, when allowed to continue, more traders will definitely pay more to occupy the streets and make the school environment not conducive for learning as education experts has revealed.