Anambra monthly sanitation : Traders embark on self #2.5m road maintenance, refuse evacuation

Anambra monthly sanitation : Traders embark on self #2.5m road maintenance, refuse evacuation

Traders working on the power Mike/Seven keys road

By Calis Mbadugha, Onitsha

Traders at the Fruits and Vegetables International market, otherwise called (Power Mike market), Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra  State, during the monthly sanitation exercise held weekend, embarked on the maintenance of the major road, (Power Mike/Seven Keys road) that leads to the market and evacuation of refuse.

Speaking to newsmen during the sanitation exercise, the chairman of the market, Chief Ngozi Egonu, disclosed that the maintenance of the road which they have embarked upon would gulp a whopping sum of #2.5milion.

"We embark on working on this road because our vehicles that carry the perishable goods that we deal in, normally fall on getting to the dilapidated portions of this road, that is the major road to our market. We pay a lot of money to get the fallen vehicles out of the bad portions. That is why we use this sanitation day to embark on the work.

Evacuation of refuse in the market

"We appeal to state Government to fulfill its promise of putting in place market facilities now that the rainy season has not set in and also to ensure that those traders still along the Onitsha/Asaba expressway are made to join the traders in the only Fruit and Vegetables market in the state," he pleaded.

Also his vice, Emeka Ikokwu, expressed satisfaction with the sanitation exercise adding that with their work on the Power Mike/Seven Keys road, falling of vehicles laden with goods will be a thing of the past.

"We have spent a lot of money on this road because of its poor state and finally resolved to earmark #2.5million to work on the bad portions that normally fall our vehicles. We also have other roads to the market like the GMO road but this one we are working on is the major road to our market.

"Apart from working on the dilapidated portions of the said road, we also evacuate refuse in the market with tippers so that our market will look clean. We thank the state Governor for coming to our rescue by making the market to be the only International Fruit and Vegetables market so that traders who deal in such goods will stay in one place," he stated.

Alhaji Zuberu Umaru, Personal Assistant to the chairman, while expressing satisfaction with the sanitation exercise and repair  of the major road by the traders, described Governor Soludo as Governor of Northern People in Anambra State, pointing out that he loves traders in the state which informed his creation of enabling environment for them.

In his own contribution, the  engineer employed by the traders to work on the dilapidated portions, Engr. Raymond O. Alecha, attributed cause of the damage portions of the road to weight of the articulated vehicles plying the road.

"We are going to ensure that such vehicles will not have any negative effect on the roads again with the type of materials we are going to use. There are up to seven portions of the road that are dilapidated," he stated 

In his own speech, Alhaji Suleiman Magaji, vice chairman of the market, said that, "We are  helping the government by working on the road as everything will not be left for Government alone. Governor Soludo' is trying and we want to support him. That is why we are using our own money to support him," he stated.

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