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Anambra, IFAD donate shops, stalls to Awgbu, Igbariam markets

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ANAMBRA State Government, through the Commissioner for Agriculture, Processing, Mechanisation and Export, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has constructed and handed over, blocks of lock-up shops and open stalls with toilet facilities to Awgbu and Igbariam markets, located in Orumba North and Anambra East Local Government Areas of Anambra State respectively.

Speaking during the ceremony which held separately, Commissioner for Agriculture, Processing, Mechanisation and Export, Afam Mbanefo, represented by Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Emenike Ezinado said Governor Willie Obiano has committed a lot of resources to making agriculture the number one pillar in the state.

“Last December, we took a decision to construct these structures as our mark here and by April it was completed. This is in line with the governor’s dream of making agriculture the economic mainstay in the state.

He thus urged leadership of the VCDP to make the rents affordable so it will not be overbearing for those who it is meant for, adding that the structures are 100 per cent that of the communities as government will not ask for any form of revenue generated through the structure.

Speaking also, the state Project Coordinator, IFAD, Nnamdi Agwuncha, assured members of the communities of more projects to come if they put the structures to good use.

“I want to assure you that by next month, we will come back to sink a borehole here, so there will be water supply for the toilet facilities. If you put these structures to good use, more will come. We do not want to come back and hear that there is a rift as a result of these shops. We also consider building a cassava processing factory here.”

In their separate reactions, Chairman, Orumba North Local council, Ify Obinabo, represented by Peter Nwafor and President-General of Igbariam community, Jude Orizu, represented by his vice, Marcel Ifejirika, thanked the state government for finding them worthy to have the structures and assured that they will put them to good use.

In his comment, Cluster Chairman, Igbariam Farm Settlement, Ebo Caius, said as a farmer, he has never belonged to any group, but decided to join VCDP because of their integrity. He expressed delight at the structures and assured that they will be put to good use for beneficial of all.

Present at the commissioning and handing over were; Special Assistants to the governor on Agriculture, Obioma Mbanefo and Vivien Udemezue.

A total of 14 lock-up shops and 14 stalls were constructed at Awgbu with toilet facilities while Igbariam community was handed over 10 lock-up shops and 14 stalls with toilet facilities.

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