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Why There’s Ray of Hope in Imo Despite Global Challenges – SA Diaspora

…Urges Diasporans to Take Advantage of New Ultra Modern Market on Return

By JAMES EZEMA

The Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Diaspora Affairs, Hon Cllr Celia Osakwe-Hibbert has given insight to why there is ray of hope in the state despite global challenges ocassioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has negatively impacted on world economies.

The Market Design (top)

She also urged Imo Diasporans to immediately take advantage of an ultra modern market in the state which is due for completion soon on their arrival in the state for their purchases.

Speaking with Abuja Business Reports on the recent unveiling of the design of the popular Eke Ukwu market in the, which the government has set to digitally transform from its current state to ultra modern market.

According to Hon. Osakwe-Hibbert, “Imo State has risen brilliantly to the unprecedented challenges of 2020, mind you the year is still yet to come to an end but oh my world has it been a roller coaster of a year.”

She noted that “it is highly important to count our blessings in these eventful days and one of those blessings is the ultra modern market set to be completed in the heart of Owerri.”

The Governor Uzodinma Administration has taken upon itself the responsibility of reconstructing the market.

Hon. Osakwe-Hibbert noted that “the popular Eke Ukwu market will be digitally transformed from its current state of rubles to a world class market with facilities like multi story carpark, fire service, washrooms etcetera.

“This development will also mean temporary and permanent employment opportunities for young and old”, she told our correspondent at the event.

Further sharing her enthusiasm, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert praised the idea of an ultra modern Market in “the heart of the city”.

She stated that “although this year has been so full of uncertainty, here in Imo there’s a ray of Hope.

“This new market will mean a new shopping experience for the locals and for Diasporans.

“When Diasporans visit, this will encourage them to hit the markets more often.

“As you know, a decent shopping experience means shoppers can stay longer in the market, and the longer they stay the more money they spend, which in turn creates that heightened economic activity we require to boost our City’s economy”, she added.

Hon. Osakwe-Hibbert who expressed happiness at the development, observed that “I’m proud to say our Governor Senator Hope Uzodimma has remained steadfast with his commitment to the agenda of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Recovery. I’m optimistic about better days ahead.”

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Hon. Ibegbulem Simone was notably present coupled with the Special Adviser on Market and Allied Matters Chief Perry Opara  amongst several other senior appointees and top Imo State cabinet officers.

The market is expected to be completed in 18 months.

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