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Bayelsa State Government Relocates Tombia Market to Ensure Safety and Foster Business Growth

In a move to ensure safety and promote business growth, the Bayelsa State Government has relocated the Tombia Market to a new site. Traders have expressed their readiness to cooperate but also raised concerns about essential facilities. The government remains committed to providing a safe and prosperous environment for its citizens.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Bayelsa State Government Relocates Tombia Market to Ensure Safety and Foster Business Growth

Bayelsa State Government Relocates Tombia Market to Ensure Safety and Foster Business Growth

In a decisive move to ensure safety and foster a conducive business environment, the Bayelsa State Government has relocated the Tombia Market, popularly known as the Okutukutu-Etegwe Market, to a new site. The old market, which was precariously perched on a high-pressure Shell Oil pipeline, posed an imminent threat to the lives of traders and customers alike.

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Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo announced the relocation, emphasizing the government's commitment to the welfare of its citizens. The new site, which spans over 42 plots of land, has been acquired and meticulously sand-filled by the state government. Additional land acquisition efforts are currently underway to expand the market further.

The State Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Investment will oversee the management of the newly relocated market. In a bid to promote transparency and curb corruption, the ministry has vowed to clamp down on unauthorized individuals collecting levies within the market premises.

A Mixed Bag of Emotions

While traders have expressed their readiness to cooperate with the government in this new venture, they have also voiced their concerns. Top on their list is the provision of essential facilities, such as an abattoir and perimeter fencing, to enable them to conduct their business activities seamlessly.

"We are ready to support the government in this move," says a trader who has been operating in the market for over a decade. "However, we need the necessary facilities to be put in place for us to continue our trade smoothly."

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