As part of the ongoing markets remodeling projects of the family Empowerment and youth Reorientation path-initiative (FEYReP), a total number of 100 open stalls and about 50 lock-up shops are to be built in Akpan Asiek, the biggest and most traded market in Ukanafun Local Government area, Akwa Ibom State.
The Chairman, South-south/south-East traders forum and President of Akwa Ibom traders Association – Akparawa Idorenyin Raphael, disclosed this on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, during a courtesy call on the Ukanafun council Chairman, Hon. Uko Idiong in his office at Ikot Akpa Nkuk.
According to the pioneer Aide to the Governor on Trade and Market matters, “the remodeling project by FEYReP, is a pet project of the Governor’s wife, Mrs Martha Emmanuel, aimed at boosting economic empowerment for traders, especially the women.”
Speaking further, Raphael while assuring that all workers for the project will be taken from Ukanafun, emphasized that the first phase of the project will be completed and commissioned before December 2019. He called on the youths to cooperate with the contractors for timely completion of the project.
On his part, the Ukanafun Council Boss who expressed satisfaction with the leadership style of Governor Udom Emmanuel, applauded the First Lady of the State for keeping to her campaign promises to Ukanafun People. Idiong who later conducted the visitors round the market to ascertain the level of dilapidation, assured maximum cooperation between the youths of the area and the contractors.
Also speaking, a former Council Boss of Ukanafun, Hon. NsikanAbasi Umoekpo who was also present during the site inspection tour, seized the opportunity to appreciate the Governor for restoring peace to the area in the last one year. Noting that the contractors handling all road projects in Ukanafun have returned to site, Umoekpo while thanking those who turned up to welcome the visitors, called on the youths to keep calm as more dividends are on the way for Ukanafun People.
On ground to witness the site inspection tour were; Ukanafun legislative leader – Hon. Uwem John, Vice President of Akwa Ibom Traders- Cmrd Umoh Cyril, Secretary of Akwa Ibom traders – Akparawa Effiong Ekpenyong, Chairman Ukanafun market committee – Cmrd Enobong Oliver, President Urua Anwa Market – Cmrd Itia John, Hon. Akpayak and other youths of the area.
(C) Emma Akpabio