By KUFRE ETUK
The Akwa Ibom State government says it has abandoned the multi-million naira market constructed at Mbak Itam III, Itu local government area.
Our correspondent who visited the abandoned market found out that some constructed areas are now haven for criminals and Hausa traders.
Speaking on the situation of the market, the Special Assistant on Trade to Governor, Idorenyin Raphael said due to government policy, the market has been relocated to Ikot Akpe, Nung Oku in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, and Mbiabong in Uyo local government area.
“Government has relocated the market to Ikot Akpe, Nung Oku and Mbiabong.
“Government policy stopped the market so there is no hope for the market. We are building market at Mbiabong which is along ring road III. Nung Oku and Mbiabong markets will soon commence.” He said.
But contrary to what governor’s aide said, the Village Head of Mbak Itam III, Chief Dominic Etim Udo, said the village was excited when the state government decided to situate the market in their village.
He said after waiting for a while and nothing was happening, he put a call to the Special Assistant on Trade to Governor, Idorenyin Raphael who told him some persons in the village wrote a petition, stopping further construction of the market.
Chief Udo said when he asked the governor ‘s aide to mention names of those who wrote the petition, he could not say anything.
The Village Head expressed disappointment over such abandonment, and reeled out blessings the market could have brought to his community.
He appealed to government not to change plan concerning further construction of the market.
It can be recalled that in 2018, government started construction of multi-million naira market.