By IKECHUKWU Ozurumba
Traders in Owerri at the Imo International Modern Market, a.k.a Alaba Market, have pleaded with the state Governor, Rt .Hon Emeka Ihedioha, to alleviate their sufferings in the market.
Speaking to newsmen, on Monday at the market office complex, the Auto Spare parts and Allied Products Market, leader, Mr Samson Onwunali, noted that traders had long suffered undue hardship over lack of infrastructural facilities in the market, adding that prospective investors would be skeptical in investing in an area where amenities are lacking.
He maintained that good road network, water, light, and security are paramount, especially in an area where a huge state Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) would be generated.
According to him, the three markets that made up the Imo International Modern Market are being built by private investors from South-east and South South traders who came together to invest their money in business, and have spent over N5 billion on erection of shops, adding that this happened without any government subventions but private efforts in ensuring that a world class market like the Lagos Alaba market is replicated in Imo with more advanced facilities.
He commended Ihedioha for his visit to the market, and his promises in ensuring that infrastructures are put in place in the market.
Onwunali, gave an insight of how the market came into being, stating that the market was barely a year and few months in Owerri,