Sunday, 03 July, 2022

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Authorities move to restore environmental integrity of Calabar’s Marian market

Calabar City is the capital of Cross-River state and is also considered Nigeria’s tourism capital.

It has over the years been rated as the most environmentally-friendly City in a nation of 206 million people.

The annual Calabar street carnival ensures visitors from within and outside Nigeria throng the City to not only capture this global event, but to also visit other site attractions.

One such place is the Marian market – regarded as a key commercial hub of the City.

In recent times, the Marian market – like other parts of the City – has suffered some environemntal decadence as more and more buisnesses struggle for space to get a bite out of the fast-growing commercial side of Calabar.

In a bid to restore the market and indeed the City to its original masterplan, the Cross River State Ministry of Environment, Calabar Municipal Council and the State Waste Management Agency have joined forces to rid the Marian Market of encroachments/road trading, unauthorized allotment of market spaces, illegal occupancy and placement of other environmentally hazardious structures.

Hon. Mfon Bassey, Cross-River state commissioner for environment, stated that the exercise to return sanity to the market became imperative as it is in line with his ministry’s mandate to keep the state clean, green and environmentally safe for all.

On his part, Hon. Effefiong Nta Eke Mayor of Calabar/Chairman, Calabar Municipal Council, frowned at traders flouting government directives and sacrificing the sanity of the Market on the altar unauthorized trading.

He warned that with all amicable ways exausted, his Council, in collaboration with other relevant agencies of Government, will apply all available options to evict such occupants and obliterate such illegality in the Market.

The eviction of traders by the market road – which had hitherto hampered vehicular movement – will ensure the cleaningness of the market surroundings is maintained.

It is also expected to serve as an effective template for protecting the environmental integrity of Calabar as a whole.