Traders Lament As Flood Destroys N50m Worth Of Goods In Onitsha Market

PHOTO CREDIT: via Google Images
PHOTO CREDIT: via Google Images
No fewer than 120 shops were flooded at the International Electronics Market, Onitsha, Anambra following a downpour on Friday night.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the market on Saturday, observed that electronics and others goods were damaged by the flood.
The Chairman of the market union, Izuchukwu Okoye, told NAN that traders in the market lost goods worth over N50 million to the flood.
“The flood came into the market when its volume could not be contained by the drainage along the Onitsha-Enugu expressway.
“Goods damaged were mainly from A and B Lines. We appeal to the state government to come to our help”, Mr. Okoye said.
Also speaking, the secretary of the traders union in the market, Damian Ogudike, said the drainage in the area had always proved to be incapable of handing heavy rain.
“The expectation is that the government should expand the existing drains to be higher than they are now.
“The state government should take care of the situation and to ensure that floods do not submerge the market since we pay our taxes and levies”, Mr. Ogudike said.