Friday 24th of March 2023 01:07:59 AM
Breaking News
1   Ex-Terrorists Negotiator, Tukur Mamu, Arraigned         2   Naira Scarcity: FG Urged To Save SMEs         3   Polls: ICPC Officers Rescue, Arrest Suspected Vote Buyer In Issele-Uku         4   As NHRC Tells Police To Arrest, Prosecute Electoral Law Violators         5   PDP Wins Seven Assembly Seats Out Of 11 In Bayelsa        

Displaced Old Abraka Market Traders Express Gratitude To Gov. Okowa Over Compensation
Published Jul 06, 2022 IN Column, SATURDAY COVER,
229         0
Please Share:

A good number of those relocated from the demol­ished Abraka Market in Asaba to the Oko axis of the state capital have continued to shower encomiums on the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for keeping to his promise of paying compensation to the displaced residents and property owners in the old market.

They said since their berthing in Asaba to commence their commodity trade many years ago, they had not been treated as non-indigenes, saying that Delta State governments (past and present) had always accorded them their due respect.

They recalled that when some of their counterparts were driven out from Anambra State, following the cri­sis that erupted then, that the Delta State government gave them accommodation, saying:

‘’We will ever remain grateful to the state government for accommodating us. We always owe our gratitude to the state government for finding us another place in the state capital soon after we were relocated from the demolished Abraka Market, and to the Asaba Capi­tal Territory headed by the amiable Director-General, Evangelist Hon. Joan Onyemaechi through whose office the compensations are being paid.’’ A trader in the new market trading on onions, Musa Yangimari stated.

He said they have heard news of the state govern­ment’s plans to make the market an attractive place for commerce and ensure it remains one of the best markets in Asaba metropolis.

Musa Yangimari says why they will not be hard put to it to believe what good plans the government has for the strategically located market about a kilometer to the commercial nerve center of Anambra State, Onit­sha from Asaba, is that the state government promised them a befitting mosque which was built and delivered to them for their worship.

He says they living in Asaba and its environs have never felt discriminated against as most of them are treated like any other indigene of the state, and said that was the main reason of their unwillingness to leave the city of Asaba, as it has provided them with the needed peace, sense of belonging, assimilation, unity and ac­commodation and seen as their second home.

Yangimari, however, called on the state government to consider the sand-filling of the new market which he says lies in a swampy area, describing that part of Asaba as swampy and in dire need of sand-filling.

He was full of optimism, like other traders who spoke to Midweek Teaser, that the market if well sand-filled up to some parts of Oko to further expand it, will remain one of the biggest markets in Asaba, and help to open up to a reasonable extent, Oko village in Oshimili South council area in the Asaba Capital Territory.

One Mamud Yankasai who claims to be a trader at the new market, calls on the state government to provide them with enough security at the market so that what happened in the demolished Abraka Market would not resurface.

He recalled that it was as a result of the numerous criminal activities that were taking place there that the market was demolished. He also called on the state government to consider the commissioning of the new footbridge at old Abraka Market before hoodlums fin­ished vandalizing the roofs, saying half of the roofs had already been vandalized.

An Igbo trader in the market, Okechukwu Anazor, who hawks and owns a shop there in the market, said they have all agreed to vote for For Atiku and Okowa as his running mate for the good care and attention he had been giving and paying to them. He said Governor Okowa remains the best Vice-Presidential candidate for Alhaji Atiku, the Presidential flag-bearer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


Read also
11 Ways To Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Mar 24, 2023
As Nigeria’s Judges Get Set To Begin Voting
Mar 24, 2023
INEC Takes The Hand Of Democracy Back
Mar 24, 2023
Alice Was Pursuing IVF But Caught Up With PGT
Mar 24, 2023
Journey To Delta Govt House Culminates Today With One Winner
Mar 24, 2023
Fuel Scarcity: NMDPRA Calls ‘Planned’ PMS Price Hike, A Mere Rumour
Mar 24, 2023
Nigerians Hit By Rent Hike As Vacancies Dwindle
Mar 15, 2023
IWD: Women Cry Out Against Spike In Domestic Violence
Mar 24, 2023
Shell Links Rivers Explosion To Oil Theft , Regrets Loss Of Lives
Mar 08, 2023
NNPCL Attributes Fuel Queues To Movement Restrictions For Elections
Mar 08, 2023
Journey To Delta Govt House Culminates Today With One Winner
Mar 24, 2023
IWD: Women Cry Out Against Spike In Domestic Violence
Mar 24, 2023
National Outrage As Child Molestation Rises Steeply
Feb 18, 2023
Consumers Rage As BEDC Workers Face Repeated Attacks In Edo And Delta Consumers Rage As BEDC Workers Face Repeated Attacks In Edo And Delta
Feb 11, 2023
Real Estate Developers: Exciting Promises Amid False Realities
Jan 21, 2023
PVCs Collection: A Tale Of Many Parts
Jan 14, 2023
2023: Isoko North PDP Stakeholders Drum Support For Party’s Candidates
Jan 09, 2023
UNICEF, Bayelsa Partner On Post-flood Intervention For WASH
Dec 12, 2022
Counsellors Task FG On Improve Standard Of Living Of Nigerians
Dec 12, 2022
Sharp Practices, Undue Deductions Make Banks Increasingly Unsafe, Exploitative
Nov 12, 2022
Make a comment