By Chinonso Alozie
The Imo state government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with Amanda Projects Group, to rebuild the demolished Eke ukwu market with 1,850 buildings.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding was done by Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Simon Ebegbulem, at the secretary of state along Port Harcourt in Owerri.
According to Ebegbulem, it was in line with the 3R Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery agenda of the government’s agenda to attract investors and improve commerce in the state.
According to a statement from the Commissioner’s Ministry: “Imo State Trade and Industry Commissioner Simon Ebegbulem today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Amanda Project Groups to build a state-of-the-art, ultra-modern market covering more than 55,343.93 square meters. at Eke-Ukwu Owerri Imo State.
“The billion-naira ultra-modern market project is expected to be completed in eighteen months and will house around 1,850 buildings including a multi-level parking lot, a police post and a fire service station; health center, mini-mart, retail stores, showrooms, open stalls, incinerator, power outlets, restrooms and other top-notch modern facilities. “
He further said: “The project is a project approved by the state government that is in line with the central mandate of the ministry and the vision of the government led by Senator Hope Uzodimma, which is to bring a total transformation in the commerce and industry sector of the state and also attract other investors to the state. “
It should be remembered that the former state governor and now the senator representing the Imo Oeste senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha demolished the market, an exercise that claimed the life of a teenager and the destruction of merchandise from merchants in the area.