12:58 PM | Oct 18
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By Iwedi Ojinmah
3 months ago
A brand new state of the art market to be named Eke Ukwu Owerri market will be built at the site the same-named market was demolished in September 2017.
The outgoing governor Rochas Okorocha then demolished the ancestral Eke Ukwu Owerri market which sparked massive public outcry and condemnation.
Governor Emeka Ihedioha had during electioneering campaigns vowed to rebuild the market.
On assumption of office, a Market Development Committee was formed to look at the possibility of rebuilding the market which was a source of friction between Owerri Indigenes and the former.
The Committee is said to have recommended the rebuilding of the market with state of the art facilities but with the provision that there will be no entrance into it from Douglas Road, Owerri
The purpose of cutting off Douglas Road as an entry point into the market is to put a permanent stop to the perennial traffic gridlock on the road and end street trading once and for all.
It is unclear what will be the fate of an uncompleted project said to be a school or hospital which the Okorocha administration had embarked on at the site of the demolished market.
However, it remains unclear if the Committee may also resort to an existing plan for the market which was conceived by the Ohakim administration.
That plan which resulted in the study of Tejuosho market in Lagos State could also be replicated at Eke Ukwu market. The plan was already in the pipeline before Ohakim lost re-election in 2011.
“This market will be rebuilt with modern features and facilities. It is a promise made and it is a promise this administration will keep” a top-level official emphasised.
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