Saturday, 3 November 2018

Anxiety Over Planned Eviction Of Street Traders At Relief Market Owerri

There is palpable tension at a popular market in Owerri over State Government’s directive for traders in the market to relocate.

Relief market is the second major market in Owerri metropolis after the ancestral Eke Ukwu Owerri market was brought down by the Imo State Government last September.

Some traders at the meeting called for restraint on the part of the State Government. After the demolition of the Eke Ukwu Owerri market, Relief market became the next destination for traders in Owerri metropolis.

Traders have been directed to move over to Egbeada, a tiny village in neighbouring Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

A trader, Chuks Okafor appealed to the State Government for restraint saying with the yuletide is fast approaching, it is a wrong time to displace the traders in the market. 

"We cannot afford to loose our goods this time around now that Christmas is around the corner” he said

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