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Anambra to relocate Bridge Head Market, O’sha



…Anambra to relocate Bridge Head Market, O’sha

GOVERNOR ChukwumaSoludo has performed a grand breaking ceremony for construction of Oba International Drug Market at Oba, in Idemili South Local Government Council Area of the state.

  Also traders at the River Niger Bridge Head Market are to relocate to the international market in the next 24 months when the project would be completed.

  According to Gov Soludo at the ground breaking ceremony of the Coordinated Wholesale Center Oba, after the completion of the project, every pharmaceutical market and shops would automatically relocate to Oba and the site for the Niger Bridge Head Market would be bulldozed and be used for other things.

  When completed, it  will contain over 15,000 business concerns including 12,500 pharmaceutical premises, 88 executive offices ,Warehouse space of about 60,000 square meters , banks ,event centers of over 2,000 capacity cafeteria  a general hospital level hospital, a parking space of over 3,000 cars, a standard cold chain facility.

  It will also contain international standard amenities including dedicated IPP ensuring 24 hours power supply at affordable rate, centralised waste disposal and sewage management system, uninterrupted water reticulation system.

  It would also contain regulatory offices for all drug and health agencies, including NAFDAC, fire service centralised check point including police station.

  This is enough to contain all open drug market in Anambra State and will be the biggest drug distribution hub in Africa in a regulated, coordinated and licensed environment.

  Also speaking, the representative of Managing Director of Sterling Bank, the official commercial bank funding the project, Pham Adiwale Adebowale said that the bank chose to fund the project because of the strategic position the Onitsha Main Market is the area of commerce and industry in Africa, adding that as promised, the project would be ready in the next twenty four months.

  He thanked the Anambra State Government for its assistance and promised to continue to partner with government in the area it trade commerce and industry.

   The Managing Director of Ferovial Designers Construction Company, Chief Christopher Okpalaugo, noted that the firm had concluded arrangements to mobilise to site, adding that the they are comfortable with the duration of the project as according to him, the company would meet the expected target.

  Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ben Adam Obidike explained that the importance of the CWC cannot be over-emphasised in the light of the magnitude of health challenges presented by the open drug market.

  “Available records have shown that the open drug markets serve as safe havens for the sale and distribution of fake, counterfeit and adulterated medicines which have largely impacted negativity on some of the state’s health indices”.

  Registrar, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm Ibrahim Babashehu Ahmed noted that the concept of coordinated wholesale center was approved by the federal government in 2015, with the goal to relocate the stakeholders in drug business that are operating in open markets across the country which are unregulated and characterised with unwholesome activities.

  The PCN granted the location approval of the site in Oba to Contra Pharmaceutical and Allied Products the Special Purpose Vehicle SPV for the stakeholders in Bridge Head Market, Onitsha, after successful location approval inspection was conducted in October 20, 2016, he noted.

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