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Elummi Shopping Plaza at A-Line Ariaria Market: N36m spent to cart away debris from the site. - Dr. Anusionwu

Elummi Shopping Plaza at A-Line Ariaria Market: N36m spent to cart away debris from the site. - Dr. Anusionwu

The Authority investigation has revealed that contractors handling the ongoing Ekum­mi Shopping Plaza very close to A-Line at Ariaria International market Aba in Abia State, spent about N36 million to cart away debris from the site before the project could get off the ground.
 
This is because the site which shares borders with Umuode road as well as Ariaria market and the site was originally a refuse dump site serving residents of the area as well as traders in the market.
 
One of the directors, Dr. Barr. Uju Anusionwu who spoke to the Au­thority at the site had confirmed that the firm is collaborating with Diamond Bank Plc, to actualize the dream of having a market inside a market, just as he further disclosed that the site of the project was for­merly a refuse dumping site, which was first reclaimed by the associa­tion before beginning the multi na­ira project aimed at boosting com­mercial activities in the capital city.
 
According to Dr. Anusionwu, shortly after the reclamation of the land, the firm brought in soil ex­perts who tested the soil texture be­fore piling work could begin at the site of the multi million naira plaza.
 
“There won’t be any shaking, cracking or collapsing of the shops. You cannot see it anywhere in the South East for now. We want to give comfort to those in the market since greater part of their time is spent in the market”, Dr. Anusionwu told the Authority.
 
According to him also, there can’t be cases of inferno in the pla­za having checked that in the plan­ning of the plaza which he said will be leased out for a period of ninety nine years in its effort to ensure that people own shops without much sweat.
 
He posited that the commercial city of Aba has a unique position in commerce in the country, drawing customers from all over the west­ern coast and beyond, and that this was one of the major reasons why the plaza was situated near the Ari­aria International market.
 
An inside source told the AU­THORITY that the project is ex­pected to turn out about 2,000 shops at the plaza and further re­vealed that the project will be com­pleted by the first quarter of year 2017.
 
Meanwhile efforts are underway to reconstruct the roads leading into the plaza in order to make it accessi­ble to both traders and buyers even as this measure will also help trad­ers in Ariaria international market even as provisions have been made for a banking hall, maternity, cold rooms, conveniences for both males and females as well as a car park to accommodate vehicles of both trad­ers and buyers.
 
The contracting firm has assured that the issue of flooding will not be experienced at the plaza, as an inter­locking drainage system has been built to check flood in that area.

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