Monday, October 10, 2022



The state of Abia has instructed dealers of phones and related accessories to move into the newly built GSM market in Etche Road, Aba as of January 1, 2023.

Trade and Investment Commissioner John Okiyi Kalu, who revealed this during a meeting with phone dealers in Aba, explained that work on the new market has reached 90% and would be completed by November 2022.

He also announced that the state is rehabilitating the Ngwa road leading to the new market, while other connecting roads will soon be in place to improve access to the area.

The commissioner warned that the government will no longer tolerate residential buildings along the streets of St. Michaels, Hospital, Pound, Park and Jubilee being turned into shops by phone dealers.

He said; “Dealers on GSM products and accessories should get ready for final movement to the new GSM market at Etche road. From January 1, 2023, government will deploy all resources to relocate street traders and shop owners to the new market. Work at the market is over 90% done, the remaining one will be completed by November 2022. What this means is that you have only 3 months to plan to relocate. It also means that you shouldn’t pay rent for 2023 at the current place you are trading because by next year, there will be no GSM market at St.Michaels, Hospital, Pound, Park and Jubilee roads. Every phone trader will relocate to the new market. This is our own way of ensuring good governance so that you can protect your goods. Our job as a good is to create a conducive environment for you to prosper in your businesses.The Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is committed to the improvement of ease of doing business in the state.

“The Ikpeazu administration will no longer tolerate the conversion of residential buildings along St. Michaels, Hospital, Pound, Park and Jubilee roads into shops by telephone dealers. From January 2023, the taskforce and security people will remove every phone trader from the streets. I will advise all traders to comply and relocate as directed because some of these taskforce and security people who will enforce the directive may get overzealous and destroy the goods of recalcitrant traders. I will prefer that you comply on time so that they won’t even see any trader to harass. You must relocate by January 1, 2023.”

He warned phone dealers not to throw their waste down the drain, which would flood the markets.

“The traders are warned against disposing of their waste into drainage channels. The problem of road decay and flooding in Aba is that traders dispose off their waste on drainage channels. When the wastes block the channels and flood occurs, traders turn around to blame the government. This is what we have been witnessing at the Ariaria market. I pray that the GSM dealers will adopt a good waste disposal culture when they start trading at the new market.”

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