Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Wednesday directed immediate closure of 31 scraps and disused materials markets in Aba as part of measures to curb crimes in the commercial town
This was announced in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief Okiyi Kalu.
Kalu stated that the closure of the markets would remain in force until the government could identify persons involved in the collection and sale of scraps in the state.
He added that the government needed to streamline the business so as to remove those using its cover to engage in crime.
He enjoined relevant market executives and security agents to ensure compliance with the directive.
He stated also that the ministry would meet with leaders of the various scraps and disused materials markets on May 17 to sanitise their operations.
The government also invited the management of Inner Galaxy Steel Company Ltd. in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state to attend the meeting.
The scraps and disused materials markets are scattered around Aba and its arterial roads.