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Okowa Releases N.4b For Completion Of Abandoned Sapele Market

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi,  Asaba

 

Determined to boost the economic development of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is to fast track the completion of Sapele Market. He has released N400 million to the contractor handling the project.

The Governor disclosed this when members of Ukoko R’Ivie R’Urhobo, the umbrella body of government recognised traditional rulers from Delta Central Senatorial district, paid him a visit at the Government House, Asaba.

He assured them that allocation of the market stores would be based on preference to the original traders in the market, whose stores were destroyed for the reconstruction work to take place.

He assured the traders and concerned stakeholders of fairness and justice in the allocation of the stores, stating that he would monitor the construction process for speedy completion.

“It is an EXCO decision that the original store owners will be the first to be allocated stores to while the rest will be by ballot, if this agreement is not adhered to, it will be unfair and unjust to these owners, or is it because an original store owner does not have political clout, she cannot get a store?  We believe in fairness and we must adhere to it,” he said, assuring, “due process must be followed in allocating the stores.”

The Governor also told the traditional rulers that interviews for the empowerment programmes of his administration would commence next week and commended them for the roles they played during the collection and submission of forms by applicants for the programmes.

He stated that the programmes would last for six months and after that, another batch of Deltans would be empowered, assuring that fairness, justice and equity would be the guiding principles of his administration.

Earlier, the Chairman of Ukoko R’Ivie R’Urhobo, HRM Ovie, R. L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, the Owhorode of Olomu Kingdom, said traditional rulers from Delta Central Senatorial district were happy that Okowa had successfully assumed office.