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Traders jubilate as Soludo Commissions New Shops in Awka



By Ikemefuna Asika

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof.Charles Chukwuma Soludo today Saturday 8th June, 2024 commissioned the over 40 units of lock-up shops and market stalls in Okpuno, Awka South Council Area built by his administration.

This initiative, aims to provide a permanent solution to the issue of street trading by offering traders a comfortable and modern trading environment which was part of governor Soludo’s promises to itinerant traders which he has fulfilled.

The Governor while commissioning the project, emphasized that the shops represent a model solution to the problem of street trading, noting that it was a prototype that will be replicated across various parts of the state.

The project named “Solution Arena,” features designated spots for fruits and vegetables, grills, and other sundries.

The market spaces were given free of charge to the poorest members of the community. This initiative ensures that the streets remain clean and free of street traders and hawkers, providing a convenient shopping environment for the public.

He commended the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) for her role in bringing the project to fruition. He noted that this model would be replicated in several other neighborhoods to further address the issue of street trading.

Earlier in his remarks , the Managing Director of ACTDA, Mr. Ossy Onuko highlighted the significance of the event, explaining that the open stalls and lock-up shops offer a viable alternative to those who have turned walkways into trading corridors.

Mr Onuko noted that the government aims to regenerate the capital city into a world-class urban center, free from the clutter of uncoordinated petty trading.

According to the ACTDA boss, the government was committed to moving traders off the streets and into designated areas, which will also be established in other semi-urban and urban centers.

The ACTDA boss disclosed that eligibility for owning a shop at the Solution Arena required that individuals must have previously been street traders who had been displaced and had subsequently applied for a space in the new area.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to Governor Soludo for his benevolent gesture and prayed for his continuity.

The new shops are equipped with solar lighting, modern toilet facilities, and areas where fruits can be washed with flowing water.

The event was graced by various dignitaries, including the Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor; Anambra State Chief of Staff, Chief Ernest Ezeajughi; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Collins Nwabunwanne amongst others.

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