Anambra State government says it has concluded plans with a Private firm to build an Ultra-Modern International Market at Isiagu in Awka South Local Government Area.
The Market with ten thousand shops on an expanse of land of about twenty point eight hectares will be under the Private Public Partnership arrangement.
Inspecting the site to assertion the extent of work done so far Governor Willie Obiano described it as a project capable of further improving the revenue profile of the State.
Governor Obiano said on completion the Market will be first of its kind in the Sub-Saharan Africa with design to have modern facilities like internet connectivity, access roads, hospitals, schools, commercial banks, Flyover Bridge and basement.
Governor Obiano who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Professor Solo Chukwulobelu and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Primus Odili assured that the State government will play her role by constructing an access road to the project site, adding that with the presence of a financier, the Market will be completed on schedule.
The Chairman of the firm Chief Jude Amuzie explained that the Market was designed to provide unique features in making Market transactions easier and faster under conducive atmosphere.
Chief Amuzie disclosed that the Market structure will be completed in phases, explaining that seventeen buildings with one hundred and twenty lock-up shops each will be ready for use by April, 2021.
He commended Governor Willie Obiano for the confidence reposed in the firm and appealed to the State government to assist by providing an access road to the site to ease movement of machines and equipment to the site.
Mr. Anayo Nwosu, who spoke on behalf of the partnering-commercial Bank, described the Ultra-Modern Market as a gateway to other projects that will promote the economic prospects of Anambra State and assured that the Bank is committed to the project.
Mr Nwosu called for patronage from all citizens, investors and business communities.
The traditional ruler of Isiagu, Igwe Augustine Nwankwo expressed joy that the project had started and assured of his community’s support for the progress of the project.
Igwe Nwankwo commended Governor Obiano for citing the project in the town and promised that Isiagu community will continue to support the State government and All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA for recognizing her.
Also present were the Commissioner for Commerce Mr. Uchenna Okafor, his counterpart in Housing and Urban renewal Mr. Michael OKonkwo and Managing Director of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority Venerable Amaechi.