Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, affirmed this action, when members of Ukoko R’Ivie R’Urhobo, which is the umbrella body of government, recognised traditional rulers from Delta Central Senatorial district, paid him a visit at the Government House, Asaba on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
Governor Okowa stated that allocation of the market stores would be based on preference to the original traders in the market who had stores that 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 will ensure close monitoring of the construction process for speedy completion of the project.
“It is an EXCO decision that the original store owners will be the first to be allocated stores while the rest will be by ballot. If this agreement is not adhered to, it will be unfair and unjust to those owners, or is it because an original store owner does not have the political clout so 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 informed 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 six months; 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, the Ogoni-Oghoro I, the Owhorode of Olomu Kingdom said traditional rulers from Delta Central Senatorial district were happy that Governor Okowa has successfully assumed office.