Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha has said that the current construction of shops at the Relief Market was to cushion the effects of a proposed temporary closure of Eke Ukwu Market on traders.
The governor, who was on inspection of the Relief Market Shop under construction, said that the government would temporarily shut down Douglas Road and Eke Ukwu Owerri environs to repair the roads within the neighbourhood in preparation to launch the programme he tagged “Imo my Pride”
The governor regretted that the roads around Eke Ukwu had gone bad and that the Relief Shopping Complex would make a better alternative where traders would be relocated.
According to him, the road rehabilitation would take about three or four months.
Owelle Okorocha, who promised to also build a mini market for petty traders, expressed worry at the distortion of the Owerri City master-plan by those who build indiscriminately and erect makeshift kiosks within the town.
He also frowned at the presence of refrigerator repairers, welders and tyre repair workers along the city roads, noting that such reduces the image of the state and scares away investors.
Promising to give the state capital a new look, the governor said that he hoped to launch the Imo My Pride Programme in December.
The governor, who said that he would be strict on building plans, urged Imo people to cooperate with his administration “to enable us have the Imo state of our dream”
On the issue of security, he said that government would demolish the houses of kidnappers and criminals and acquire their lands to serve as a detriment to others.
The governor also visited the site for the Imo Foundation Headquarters along Naze road which, he said, will house some of his assistants to help deterent the city and extend development to the area.
He promised to build office for the Civil Defence and other Federal agencies in the state that are housed in old buildings.