Ikpeazu closes 31 scraps markets in Aba

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Abia State governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the immediate closure of 31 scraps and disused materials markets in a bid to curb crimes in the state.

Ikpeazu made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Okiyi Kalu.

Kalu stated that the closure of the markets would remain in force until the government could identify persons involved in the collection and sale of scraps in the state.

Stating that the government needed to streamline the business in order to remove those using it as cover to engage in crime, he enjoined relevant market executives and security agents to ensure compliance with the directive.

He disclosed that the ministry would meet with leaders of the various scraps and disused materials markets on May 17 to sanitise their operations, while adding that the government has invited the management of Inner Galaxy Steel Company Ltd. in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state to attend the meeting.