Proposed N47B Ultra Modern International Market Changes Anambra Commercial And Economic Profile – OBIANO


By Emmanuel Ifesinachi

The Anambra State Government says it has concluded plans with Anambra JC Michaels Nigerial Limited under a Public Private Partnership arrangement to build State of the Act Ultra Modern International Market.

The Ultra Modern International Market with 10,000 shops capacity estimated to cost about N47B (Forty Seven Billion Naira) and occupying a land space of about 20.8 hectres at Isiagu, Awka-South Local Government Area.

Speaking during the inspection of the project site to monitor the extent of work, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano described it as a market of tomorrow capable of further improve the commercial profile and strengthen the economy of the State.

Chief (Dr.) Obiano said, on completion, the market would be first of its kind in Sub-Sahara Africa with prospensity to have modern facilities like internet connectivity, access roads, hospitals, schools, banks, flyovers and basement.

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Governor Obiano, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Primus Odili stated that locating the market away from Awka was strategic to decongest the Awka Town and ease traffic.

He assured that the State Government would play her role by putting access roads to the project site, adding that with the presence of a financier, the market would be completed at due time.

Earlier in his welcome speech, the Chairman, Anambra JC Michael Nigeria Limited, Chief Jude Amuzie explained that the Ultra Modern Market, was designed to provide unique features in making market transactions easier and faster under conducive atmosphere.

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Chief Amuzie disclosed that the market structure would be completed in phases, explaining that 17 buildings with 120 lock-up shops each would be ready for use by April, 2021.

Chief Amuzie praised the Governor of the State, Chief Obiano for reposing confidence on Anambra JC Michaels and assured that State Government dream for better economic prospect for the State through modern market would be actualized.

He appealed to the State Government to assist the project by providing access roads, pointing out that this would ease movement of machines and equipments to the site.

Mr. Anayo Nwosu, who spoke on behalf of the management of Keystone Bank Plc (The Financier) descried the Ultra Modern Market as the gateway to other projects that would promote the economic prospects of Anambra State and assured that the Bank is committed to the project.

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Mr. Nwosu therefore called for patronage from all citizens, investors and business communities from the zone.

The Traditional Ruler of Isiagu, HRH Igwe Augustine Nwankwo expressed joy that the project had started and assured of his community support for the progress of the project.

Igwe Nwankwo commended the Governor for sighting the project in the town and stated that Isiagu would continue to support the State Government and APGA for recognizing the community.

Also in attendance were the Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Uche Okafor, his counterpart in Housing, Arch Michael Okonkwo and Rev. Okwosa of the Anambra Capital Development Authority (ACDA) among others.

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