By Africa World News -Omenyi Ejiofor
Anambra State government plans to install Close-Circuit Television Cameras, CCTV in all the major markets in the state, in order to bring them to world-class standards.
The state Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Dr Christian Madubuko, made this known during an interactive session with traders at the Onitsha Main Market when he met with market leaders and some stakeholders on how best to reposition the market, in line with global best standards.
The commissioner said that the CCTV camera when installed will help in dictating shop buglers and other sharp practices done in the market which are
against the interests of the traders and the security of the state government, promising that the camera will be mounted in all the market lines, and called for the cooperation of the traders on the project.
Dr Madubuko urged the market leaders to braze up to the challenges of modern commercial environment, to enable them handle the Closed-Circuit Television, CCTV camera project that the state government is about to install in the market for security and intelligence gathering within the markets.
In their separate remarks, the President General Amalgamated Market Traders Association, AMATA, Anambra state, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo and the Chairman of Onitsha Main Market Traders Association, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu described the project as a welcome development. They asked members to cooperate with the market union during collection of levies for the CCTV camera maintenance when the
project is completed as their ability to maintain it would determine its sustenance.
The Commissioner also inspected the ongoing construction of new market at Azuogbunike area with about five hundred lockup shops. The project which is being executed by Aluminum and Iron Dealers Association in the state.
Dr Madubuko commended the Association for embarking on such a project without waiting for the
government, and promised that Chief Obiano’s administration will assist them to resolve some major challenges, such as access road and other critical infrastructures.
Conducting the commissioner round the project site, Chairman of the Association, Mr.Ifeanyichukwu Okeke, appealed to the state government to provide access roads in the
area, as well as to provide firefighting equipment service to the market when it is completed.
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