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Declare Aba a disaster area, HURIWA tells FG •Wants Ministry of Trade and Industry located in the city

By News Express on 13/10/2015

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In order to save indigenous industrialisation and salvage the commercial hub of South East from imminent collapse due to natural and man-made disasters, the Nigerian Government has been asked to declare Aba City in Abia State, a disaster area and approach the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for assistance through the granting of completely interest free credit facilities for the immediate facelift of this rapidly dying commercial city.                  

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) made the call after its investigation team visited Aba to assess the extent of infrastructural damage occasioned by floods and poor electricity power and the negative implications these might have on the growth of small and medium scale industrialisation.

HURIWA also canvassed the relocation of the headquarters of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry to Aba in view of the obvious fact that the city houses the greatest percentage of local small and medium scale genuine manufacturers and investors. Alternatively, the group advised the Nigerian Government to set up a sub-regional office of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry with the full complement of a Federal Permanent Secretary heading the office.     

Besides, HURIWA in a statement signed jointly by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf has called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit Aba in order to distribute relief materials to thousands of traders that have so far lost their precious wares to floods and other natural disasters like erosion.     

HURIWA stated: “From the benefit of hindsight and based on evidence gathered from our findings, we can state without equivocation that traders in some parts of Ariaria International are facing series of infrastructural and natural disasters occasioned by persistent floods and the degradation of road infrastructures.  We can attest that the debilitating flooding that is ravaging the popular A-Line and the drug section of the market is a major commercial threat to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. We learnt from credible sources and from verifiable eye witness accounts that indeed the past eight years have not been the best of times for traders in this part of the city.”

“From our discreet probe, those who should know reliably informed us that in the year 2014 alone, patent medicine dealers at the drugs section of the market lost goods worth over N2 billion to the flood. The traders alleged that flooding of the area was aggravated by a building erected on a water way adjacent the market close to the portion of the State Fire service. This obstructive structure is reported to be owned by the son of a powerful former government official. The flooding, the traders said is further made worse by the deplorable nature of roads in the market and the Ukwu Mango area which the last administration in the state claimed to have rehabilitated but which cannot be verified.”

HURIWA also said a meeting of its management team would be convoked this Wednesday in Abuja to draft letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and copy to the  Director General of National Emergency Management Agency  (NEMA) and to the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry in Abuja to draw the attention of the Nigerian State to the emergency situation of Aba and to call for urgent but comprehensive remedial measures to arrest the decline and save hundreds of thousands of Nigerians from going out of their respective jobs as owners of small businesses.

•Photo shows Comrade Onwubiko.

Source News express

Posted 13/10/2015 04:16:40 AM

 

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