State govt battles LGs, store owners over control of markets in Anambra

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By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—ANAMBRA State government and some local government areas in the state may be up in arms over the control of markets, as the state Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr. Christian Madubuko insisted yesterday that local governments had no powers to authorise individuals to construct markets in any part of the state.

Chief Willie Obiano

The commissioner, who spoke while parading three persons, including a chief in Aguata Local Government Area, Chief Francis Eze who was allegedly involved in illegal revenue collection, said the state had consistently made it clear that revenue collection in the markets had been banned.

Eze had claimed that following the overflowing of Aguata market at Ekwulobia, he bought a piece of land at a cost of N5.2 million and had also spent about N3 million to construct 20 stalls after receiving approval from Aguata local government to construct the market.

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