In order to ensure that the traders in Owa Alero have a comfortable environment in which to conduct business transactions, the Delta State Government, in line with the SMART Agenda of the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led Administration, embarked on the laudable project of building a new market, which is modern central at Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area.
Nevertheless, since the completion of the project, the traders have not yet moved to the newly built beautiful market, because the Delta State Government is yet to commission it.
On this note, some Owa-Alero traders, who are still doing business in the old market site, thought it wise to bare their minds to Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporter, who visited them on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The market women expressed their desire to vacate their current location for the new site as soon as it is commissioned as they are currently compelled to do business in an otherwise, uncomfortable environment.
Mrs. Mabel, one of the traders had this to say: “We have not started doing business in the new market because the market is yet to be commissioned by the Delta State Government. We are very happy with the Government’s initiative to build a new modern market for us at a very nice location. The Government can be assured that we, the traders, will do our best to ensure that the market is always kept clean when formally opened.
“We are suffering a lot in this old market, especially when it rains as water sometimes gets into the foodstuffs we are selling, We are forced to make use of Umbrellas. This situation will not be so in the new market, which has been designed to make traders very comfortable.
“I am calling on the government to Please! Come to commission the it so that we can relocate there. We are tired of using umbrellas to protect ourselves and our goods from the rain”. Atakeh, another trader said, Delta State Government, has said that until the market is commissioned, it will not be opened. We are suffering and managing our current environment. We are suffering from the showers of rain and the heat of the sun. We are begging our Governor to please come and open the new market for us, so that we can breathe a sigh of relief.
“We are highly overjoyed at the Government’s effort to build a nice and comfortable structure for us. Thus, we will repay the Government’s kindness by ensuring that the market is always kept neat.
Once again, I am imploring the government to please, quickly commission the new market, so that we can be free from the mosquitoes, the rain and the sun that are making life unnecessarily difficult and uncomfortable for us in our current market site”.