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Stake holders write Buhari

As protests and criticisms continue to pour in over the relocation of the Eke Ukwu Owerri market by the Imo State government, indigenes of Owerri Nchi Ise and other  stakeholders have taken the case to the Presidency and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
One of the vehement critics of the policy told an online newspaper, INNONEWS.COM, at the weekend that “we have written to President Buhari on the matter”.
He said on condition of anonymity, “We shall soon make copies available to the media so that you can see what we wrote to the President.”
In a fierce reaction to the government policy, Owerri women shut down the city, recently, by staging a peaceful protest and blocking Government House, Owerri to announce their displeasure to the relocation of the market.
But the governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has stuck to his guns, saying that the market will be relocated on August 1.
The governor told journalists in Owerri that the Owerri ancestral market must be relocated to Egbeada, a tiny village in Mbaitoli Local Government Area. He said the present location of Ekeukwu is not right as it has created filth and defaced Owerri city.
Relocating the market, according to him, is to decongest Owerri which has been plagued by traffic logjam and disorderliness recently.
The Governor said removing the market from its present location is in line with his administration’s urban renewal programme.
Okorocha is the Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), a body comprising 22 State Governors of the ruling APC.
Meanwhile, a social critic, Ikenna Samuelson has advised Governor Okorocha to thread with caution on his plans to relocate Ekeukwu Market.
In an article titled “ Okorocha, Demolition of Properties And Relocation of Ekeukwu Owerri”

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