Rivers State governor , Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has assured people of the state that more people-oriented projects would be embarked upon following the commissioning of the first phase of the Ultra-Modern Mile 1 Market Complex in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr George Feyii, Amaechi said the completion and commissioning of the market was a huge testimony of his administration’s resolve to better the lives of the people and leave lasting and enduring projects for Rivers people.
“It is not in the character of this administration to leave any project uncompleted, no matter who started the project,” he said.
While praising the traders for their patience, Amaechi noted that the delay in delivering the project was as a result of some structural defects. He said that after an earlier visit to the complex he directed it should be corrected.
He expressed hope that the complex will promote commerce, hence the resolve of his administration not to leave such project in the hands of the local government authorities.
The Rivers State governor also reiterated the resolve of his administration to reduce the plight of the citizenry, stressing that it remains poised to promote education and health. ”While these areas are being addressed we also recognise that it is important for commerce to be encouraged in the state because people need to engage in activities that will generate income”, he added.
He enjoined the traders to use the facility with care and ensure it is well maintained, “months from now people will walk in here and still have a pristine environment to do business.”
The governor promised to address the request made by the chairman of the Market Traders Association for the quick execution of the second and third phases of the market.
Speaking earlier, Commis-sioner for Works, Chief Victor Giadom, stated that the new market was a demonstration of government’s zeal to house traders in a conducive environment for business after the old one was gutted by fire six years ago.
Against this backdrop, he said the complex is fully fitted with modern facilities such as Clinic, Modern Banking Hall, Fire Station, Restaurant and car park covering over 900 lock-up shops in the building.
He therefore thanked the shop owners and the Rumuwoji Community for their peaceful disposition and cooperation while the project was going on.
Also, Chairman of the Mile 1 Market Allocation Committee and Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Emma Chindah disclosed that the body ensured equitable allocation of shops, as it gave preference to old owners of stores in the market. He urged the traders to be law abiding and peaceful in order to boost their business.
On his part, Chairman of the Traders Association, Chief Young Georgewill praised the State Government for responding to the plight of the traders. He promised that “traders will protect this market for our overall interest and for the entire state.”
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