Okezie Ikpeazu, the Governor of Abia State, has advised obstinate street merchants to leave the area around the Osisioma overpass immediately or face being arrested and having their items taken forever.
The governor expressed his displeasure that street traders are destroying infrastructure, which he described as a “flagship initiative” of his government.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, the governor stated that the area beneath and around the Osisioma Flyover is not a market and should not be used as one, adding that the region is the gateway to Aba.
“The Osisioma Flyover is not just flagship infrastructural project of this administration, it is a major gateway into Aba and government will not allow the areas surrounding the edifice to be defaced by recalcitrant street traders.
“Consequently, the Governor has ordered all those involved in any form of trading under and around the Flyover to move out of the area immediately. No form of trading there will be tolerated henceforth.
“The Governor has ordered Commissioners in charge of the Ministries of Trade and Investment, Transport and Works to immediately set up a Joint Task Force, and work in conjunction with Osisioma Ngwa LGA and the relevant security agencies to carry out this directive.
“Effective Monday, the 11th day of April, 2022 any person found involved in any kind of trading under and around the Osisioma Flyover, at any time of the day, shall be promptly arrested and his wares permanently confiscated,” the governor cautioned.