By Jon Egie




Orodje of Okpe cutting the tape to commission the SMART Market as Gov Okowa looks on

Orodje of Okpe cutting the tape to commission the SMART Market as Gov Okowa looks on

With effect from January 16, 2018; the old Orerokpe Market will cease to exist.

This proclamation was made by HRM, Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe during the occasion of the commissioning of Orerokpe SMARF Market by Governor Okowa, Teusday, Oct 17.

He called on indigenes of Okpe to take quick steps to grab stalls at the SMART Market commissioned by the governor.

“Three months from today, the old Orerokpe Market will cease to exist and three months from today, all attachments and containers will cease to exist in Orerokpe” the monarch proclaimed.

Although the proclamation was greeted with murmur the monarch said the action was in appreciation of Governor Okowa’s commitment to the development of the Orerokpe community.

“You know how much the government has spent in building this market, we cannot allow the money to waste” he said and commanded all indigenes of the community to relocate to the market for their trading assuring that adequate security was in place for their safety.

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barr Mrs Mary Iyasere expressed gratitude to Governor Okowa for fulfilling his electioneering campaign promise of building a market for Orerokpe, if elected as governor.

She said the market which has 196 open stalls, 28 lock up stalls, four offices, 16 toilets among other  facilities was built at the cost of N284 million.

Speaking at the occasion, Gov Okowa said the market was the first of the modern markets awarded and constructed by his administration. He assured that two others would be completed before the end of the year and that three markets of the same standard would be constructed in Ozoro, Burutu and Oghara next year.

He ceded the management of the market to the Okpe LGC for free but with the caveat that every decision about the market should be cleared from the palace of the Orodje of Okpe and to ensure that the rate at which the stalls would be allocated to the people who are the beneficiaries is affordable.