The Anambra State Governor -Chief Willie Obiano said that state government is to install streetlights along major streets of Onitsha Main Market.
The Governor mulled this during his inspection tour of Onitsha and it's environs to assess the job done by a Special task force he set up on Street trading along major streets of Onitsha Main Market area.
The task force had on the directive of the Governor, vacated street traders, removed illegal structures and shanties along these streets.
Among the places visited by the governor where he also promised to install streetlights within next one month were Ose Okwodu by Ajasa Street, Bright Street, New Market Road and others.
While speaking to the traders, Gov Obiano ascertained that his government decided to embark on the operation to salvage the condition of the street traders who were daily exposed to the risk of being knocked down by moving vehicles.
He also said the initiative became important to create passages to the markets to enable customers access shops inside the markets as well as for ease of evacuation of goods.
The governor who reminded the traders that the operation was solely for their own good, urged them to support the initiative by ensuring that street traders do not return there and warned that anyone caught will have their wares seized.
He urged them to shun dumping of refuse in the drainages to ensure that the streets are not flooded during rainy season.
The Transition committee Chairman of Onitsha North Local Government Area, Mr Patrick Aghamba commended Gov Obiano for his strong will in enforcing the operation to vacate the street traders and said shop owners along the streets are now better off while the aesthetics of the area is now in full glare.
The streets which hitherto witnessed severe congestion due to street trading, is now very clear as traders and customers can now move about their businesses freely.
Reporter: Kingsley Ezekwelu