The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has revealed plans to
construct the largest auto spare-parts market in Nigeria in the state
capital, as part of ongoing efforts to grow the state’s economy.

The governor disclosed this during a meeting with executives of the Auto
Spare Parts Dealers Association (ASPAC) at the Government House in Benin
City, the Edo State capital.

According to Obaseki, “the state government has acquired a 200-hectare land
in a choice location in the state capital for siting of the largest auto
spare-parts market in Nigeria.”

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He thanked the ASPAC for supporting his administration during the last
election, adding that they would get the needed support to go about their
businesses in a conducive environment, especially given the fact that the
state is a gateway to different parts of the country.

The governor said, “the state government will develop the 200-hectare land
and provide necessary infrastructure to enhance trading activities, which
is expected to grow the state’s economy.”

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He added that the architectural design for the market will be ready next
month and the dealers from ASPAC will be invited to make their input, to
enable the government commence construction of the market.

He assured the dealers that contract for the construction of the road
leading to the New Auto Spare Parts market at Evgbareke has been signed,
and promised improved security in the market.

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President of ASPAC, Comrade Omoregbe Eboigbodin, assured the governor of
the support of the spare-parts dealers in the state and urged the governor
to assist the association with a micro-finance scheme to aid members expand
their businesses, noting that there was need to assist in recovering debt
owed them by Edo Line Transport Service.