Amobi utensil dealers call for Government intervention over deplorable condition of market
By Amaka Iloanya :
Odoakpu (Onitsha South LGA), June 1, 2020 (MOI) Traders at Amobi Utensils section of Ochanja Market, Onitsha have called on the state government to come to their aid over deplorable condition of the market.
The sorry state of the market was caused by incessant flooding of the area because of the poor drainage system.
President Ochanja Market, Mr Alloysius Ibeh made the plea while being interviewed by Information Officers, following recent damage of goods and shops after the last rains.
He explained if the situation remained unabated, the flooding could throw traders out of business.
``The only drainage system has been blocked because of complication in the culverts provided in the area as well as dumping of refuse in the drainage system.
``We are facing a lot of environmental risks here, let alone the financial costs in replacing goods destroyed by the flooding.
``We have been paying our taxes regularly as legal occupants and residents of the state but in spite of our appeals to previous administrations, nothing tangible has been done.
``We once more appeal to Gov. Willie Obiano, who we know very well has a listening ear to look into the issue before it is too late for the traders,’’ Ibeh noted.
Chairman, Environmental Committee, Ochanja Market, Mr Johnbosco Okoye said the solution to the problem would be to construct roads with drainage systems in the market.
He noted that it would provide proper channel for the volume of water flowing from Upper Iweka axis down to the market.
Mr Okoye said that the traders were also in high risk of being infected by diseases as a result of dirt left behind by floodwaters, ``especially in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, where hygiene is of essence’’.
A trader, Mr Cletus Odenigbo, who deals in household utensils, said the flooding had persisted for about 25 years now.
According to him, every rainy season, the traders continue to count their losses rather than smiling to the banks.
``Nobody comes to purchase anything during rainy seasons, it is not the best time for us, apart from damage to our goods, the floodwater poses threats to lives,’’ Odenigbo said. (MOI)