For those who had visited the Relief Market along Egbu road recently, nothing could be more nauseating than the sight at the market. That market is not meant even for the proverbial pig to live in talk less of buying and selling food items for public consumption.
Apart from the stench that oozes out of the place, debris mingled with flood water and uncompromising traders, have turned the once clean market into an unpleasant sight. With the road currently under repair, traders and lorries bringing in tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, watermelons, etc, now occupy the little space meant for motorists and other road users thus creating an unpleasant sight.
What worsened the situation is the presence of hawkers who litter the place.
We want to call on ENTRACO to as a matter of urgency evacuate the menacing debris that has taken over the market.
Most importantly, as the state government is gradually reopening the major markets in the state, ENTRACO must ensure that the markets are not only decontaminated but made fit for human habitation.
Not only that, there is need for the state government to decongest the markets as it is currently overpopulated.
Government can do this by building separate trailer parks outside the state capital for vehicles bringing in goods from the Northern part of Nigeria to reduce the usual gridlocks that obstruct vehicles travelling outside the state capital through Egbu/Mbaise road axis. Equally, government may consider establishing more markets at the outskirts of the state capital so as to discourage the influx of people into the state capital.
Having said that, I want to advice Imolites especially traders, to assist the state government in keeping the state clean by dumping their refuse at government designated sites.
Indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roads and places of residence is not a good practice. In this time of COVID-19, we must learn to keep ourselves and our environments clean to avoid the pandemic spreading any further.
We must at all times be responsible citizens. Relief Market is an eye sore.