The Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has warned traders who are still doing business at non designated areas especially the areas between 88-100 Azikiwe Road, Aba to immediately desist from such, insisting that it is not for trade but residence.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe Ph.D on Monday made available to ABN TV.
“The Ministry of Trade and investment will continue to encourage traders to trade only at designated places. The areas between 88-100 Azikiwe Road, Aba are designated as “residential” and not “market”.
“Traders breaching this simple law are by this announcement asked to move to the many unoccupied shops at Ekeoha Shopping Centre or other proximal markets with immediate effect or risk losing their wares and being prosecuted” he said.
He also warned landlords who have rented their apartments out for such purposes to recover them in their own interest. “While the Ministry has asked security agencies to arrest defaulters, landlords who have rented their buildings for this purpose are advised in their own interest to recover them or face strict hand of the law.
“Let this serve as final warning”.
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