Wike Commissions Fruit Garden Market …Displaced Traders To Retain Shops
Traders whose shops were gutted by the fire of September 27, 2018 at the Port Harcourt Fruit Garden Market will have their shops restored to them in the newly commissioned Ogbum-Nu-Abali Ultra Modern Fruit Garden Market in Port Harcourt Rivers State.
Governor Nyeson Wike made the declaration on Tuesday while commissioning the reconstructed Fruit Garden Market in the state capital.
The governor also announced that some of the spaces will also be allocated to the indigenes of the host community, stressing that henceforth; the market will be referred to as the Ogbum-Nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market, as a way of giving recognition to the indigenous community and owners of the land where the project was cited.
According to the governor, the construction and commissioning of the project was a dream come true recalling the trauma the traders went through when their goods were razed in the inferno.
He said the state government apart from fulfilling its promise to rebuild the market, had also doled out financial compensations ranging between N300,000 – N400, 000 to each of the 203 traders affected in the incident.
The Governor also warned the traders to desist from displaying goods along the right of way and to promptly pay their tax to the state.
Permanent secretary, Special Project Bureau in the Governor’s office, Sir Omouzunike Sunday in his address said the ultra modern fruit garden market contained over 320 shops with facilities like warehouse, full drainage system and fire fighting facilities.