The Ariaria Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Association (APPAMDA), has pleaded to the Abia Government to assist it start the construction of the Aba Drug Mart.
The President of the association, Mr Emeka Osuagwu, made the call on Wednesday in Aba, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Osuagwu said that the association needed assistance from the state government to enable it to meet the January 1, 2019 deadline by the Federal Government for the construction of the facility.
The federal government had given drug dealers across the country, January 1, 2019 as deadline to construct and pack into Wholesale Control Centres (WCCs) or drug marts or be sanctioned.
He said that the dealers in the city had not been able to raise enough money to pay off the owner of the land where the centre would be sited to enable them to start the project.
Osuagwu said the association had paid the land owner N140 million of the N200 million as agreed with him, before work could commence on the site.
The chairman, however, regretted that owner of the land had failed to honour the agreement hence the dealers could not start the construction of the facility.
“The Abia state government needs to come to our aid to ensure we construct this facility because some of our members do not believe that the project is genuine.
“This is because there are persons discouraging our members interested in making contributions from doing so.
“When government assists us, it will be easy for the dealers to contribute to the construction of the facility.
“Even as we have not completed payment for the 100 plots of land marked for the facility, government can intervene and assure the owner that we would complete payment soon.
“Government should come in to show the people that this project will benefit the state,” he said.