By Chukwuemeka Opara
The Ebonyi Government says it has commenced the sanitisation of its ministries to appropriate detected administrative flaws within the system.
Dr Kelechi Igwe, the Deputy Governor, stated this on Friday in Abakaliki whereas reacting to the dilapidated state of the multi-billion naira worldwide market constructed by the previous administration within the state.
Igwe led a delegation of presidency officers, opinion leaders and market associations, amongst others, to examine the ability constructed in a swamp.
“We have commenced the correction of ills within the ministries as it’s saddening to have Ministries of Works, Housing and Survey concerned in such a ruse.
“These ministries have certified engineers and surveyors to advise the previous authorities because the venture’s erection in such space is likely one of the worst issues to occur to the state.
“It is pertinent to notice that if the officers did not advise authorities, it was laxity on their half.
“But if they did, it means the government was not responsible to listen to advice,” he stated.
He stated that the tour of the edifice was to assuage the folks’s anxiousness over the delay in finishing the venture by the current administration.
“The governor as an expert engineer won’t embark on a venture that won’t add financial values to the state.
“We have tried severally to relocate merchants to the market however they’ve persistently advised us that it was not liveable and conducive for enterprise actions.
“During the wet season, flood will submerge items and different property belonging to merchants and even drown kids across the space.
“We want to assure the people that the era of government embarking on phantom projects was over; Government will never embark on projects without economic significance,” he stated.
Rev.Fr. Abraham Nwali, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) within the state, suggested the state authorities to not abandon the venture within the spirit of continuity.
“The contractors dealing with the venture needs to be re-instated if they’re keen to finish it however needs to be made to refund the monies collected, if they’re unwilling to proceed.
Mr Ugochukwu Akpa, Chairman, Association of Town Unions within the state, stated the unions would besiege the houses of the contractors, to allow them to refund the cash they collected from authorities.
“We will stay by their doors and cry loudly for them to refund the money because it belongs to the entire state and should be utilised judiciously,” he stated.
Mr Eze Ogbonna, Chairman, Abakaliki Main Market Amalgamated Traders Association, stated that merchants would by no means relocate to the market till it grew to become liveable and conducive for enterprise.