Abia Government Remodels Markets

...Warns Against Touting


The Governor Alex Otti led administration in Abia State has commenced remodeling of markets in the State.

Abia State Commissioner for Information and Culture Prince Okey Kanu revealed this while briefing the press in company of his Commerce ,Trade and Industry counterpart, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu in Government House, Umuahia.

Prince Kanu informed that markets in State are being remodeled,
” Government wants to make all those markets very fit for purpose. It would be a continuous exercise to improve on our markets. Of course, when you want to turn your State into a hub for business, you don’t have a choice than to begin to remodel markets as you build up infracstructure”

He further informed that government is planning to revamp moribund industries. He said a lot of investors have been jostling to come to invest. He added that in the months ahead , efforts would be made to get the moribund industries back on track, saying that it would create jobs for the teeming youths and improve the revenue base of the State.

According to him, government plans to harmonize tax payment system in the State to avoid multiple taxation. He said, a teachnical committee is working assiduously to ensure that Government’s commitment in that regard is brought to fruition.

The Commisioner said that the ease of doing business in the State has risen and investors are jostling to come into the State and invest.
“It is a very positive development. Abia’s position on the ease of doing business index has improved. As at the time we came on board Abia hovered around number 32 now we are at about 27 and we believe it would continue get better. And this is as a result of a number of factors; one is the improved security in the State, secondly is the massive Infrastructural development in the State and others”

The Commissioner also disclosed that a taskforce is in place to tackle the menace of touting in Aba, Umuahia and other parts of the State. He used the opportunity to call on all those who engage in touting to desist from that saying that,
“We have legitimate parks and areas where they could work. If they make themselves available, they could still have work to do. The resort to ‘Agbereo’ and illegal collection of fees, is what Governmentwould not tolerate in any form ”

Contributing, the Commissioner for Commerce , Trade and Industry, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu said the administration carried out some reforms to improve the ease of doing business.
“The administration was able to streamline business registration processes in the State and also to reduce that time required for obtaining permits and of course, you can know now that you can get the C of O just within 30 days in the State.”

He maintained that the Governor Alex Otti led administration is committed to providing a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, saying that, he has ensured security in the State which is big factor for investors.