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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Over 1,500 Shops Submerged By Flood In Onitsha Market

Traders at Onitsha International Electronic market counted heavy losses yesterday where over 1,500 lock-up shops submerged following heavy rain that lasted from Thursday to early hours of yesterday.


The President of the market Mr. Izuchukwu Okoye, estimated that the traders lost over N800million worth of goods to the flood”.
According to him, “the flood surged into the market when the volume of the flood could not be contained by the drainages along the Onitsha/Asaba expressway.
Goods damaged were mainly from A and B lines and we appeal to the State Government to come to our rescue”, Okoye stated.
Also, the secretary of the market Comrade Damian Ogudike said they pay their taxes and levies to the State Government and so their condition should be looked into
The drainages, according to him, are the problems and the expectation is that the state government should work on the drainages to elevate it to a higher level than they are now.
“You can see the traders insisting that the money they paid to the government should be refunded to them since their problems in the market are not being solved,” the secretary revealed.
[daily independent]

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