Market Demolition: Imo State Governor Holds Emergency Meeting With Stakeholders

Channels Television  
Updated August 30, 2017

In reaction to the controversies trailing the relocation of the Ekeukwu market in Owerri by the Imo State government, Governor Rochas Okorocha has held an emergency meeting with stakeholders.

Security chiefs, market trader associations and government officials in the state were among those who met with the governor to address the lingering issue.

The meeting comes four days after the demolition of the Ekeukwu market by the Imo State Government which generated a lot of controversies, with traders accusing security operatives of brutality.

The Governor, during the meeting reiterated that the relocation of the market is “in the best interest of the state following the ongoing urban renewal programme by the government.”

At the meeting, the traders at the market disclosed that the relocation is untimely as the proposed relocation site is not ready for trading and commercial activities.

However, the Imo state Governor while addressing the meeting said, “the relocation of the market is in the best interest of the people of the state. He said the action is borne out of the determination to give Owerri city a face lift.

He also said some other illegal market and shanties within the city should move within the next seven days.

The Governor, however, promised the people that the state government will speed up all necessary construction work in the market so they can move into the market under construction, as quick as possible.