Traders Laud Lawmaker Over Lock-Up Shops


Traders allocated shops
at the Afor-Umuaka Market in Njaba, Imo, have commended the transparency of the process.
Speaking after the allocation of some of the 288 lockup shops initiated in 2013 by Imo lawmaker, Mrs Ngozi Obiefula (APC-Isu), the traders said the process was flawless.
Some of the winners told our correspondent that they had given up hope of benefiting from the project, following its delayed completion arising from communal crises.
Mrs Rose Udoagwu commended Obiefula for the shop, pointing out that she was satisfied with the procedure.
“I was among the first people to pay the N800,000 for shop allocation in 2013.
“I gave up hope when speculations and community crises nearly disrupted the project, but today the reality has manifested,’’ she said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Grace Iwuji, said the lawmaker had made a name for herself by completing and ensuring transparent allocation of the project.
“We are very happy that today we have been allocated a permanent place to run our businesses and we commend Obiefula for not disappointing us,’’ she said.
The Chairman of the shop owners and a member of the project committee, Mr Uzoma Achazie, said that nobody would be shortchanged during the allocation process.
He added that a total of 42 people had benefited in the first batch of the allocation, adding that accreditation for the second batch would soon commence.
The traditional ruler of Umuaka Autonomous Community, Eze Aloysius Ojinnaka, said the project had promoted the community into becoming a trade hub of the state.
Ojinnaka, a member of the project committee, said it would equally help to generate money and boost the state’s revenue.
The initiator of the project, Obiefula said the inspiration to build such a project was to leave a legacy to the future generation.
“I did not start the project to make money but to bring development closer to the rural communities.
“As a lawmaker, I will always think of how to better the life of my constituency and people of Imo at large,’’ she said.