DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for greater collaboration between the federal and state governments to attract meaningful development to the people at the grassroots.
Speaking while commissioning the Goldcoast Memorial Market built in memory of Madam Goldcoast Dickson, late mother of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, Governor Okowa noted that the people at the grassroots would fare better with closer collaboration between the federal and state government.
“I know that 95 per cent of those who trade in markets are women and we are aware that when women have money, the family cannot go hungry; I am glad Trader’s Money is coming to the women who are trading in this market and I congratulate my brother for granting the request of his mother to build this market,” Governor Okowa said.
Dickson had said he was spurred to execute series of projects, especially, granting his mother’s request to construct the market following the experience of his invitation by Governor Okowa to commission projects in Delta State.
He explained that apart from the excitement on the faces of the people in areas where roads were commissioned, and the ovation that greeted him when he commissioned markets were overwhelming.
The Bayless Governor disclosed that though his mother requested that he construct the market, his experience in Delta was a great inspiration as to how important market is to the women.
The memorial event featured a thanksgiving service, fund raising for the Seriake Dickson Foundation and a ground breaking ceremony of the Goldcoast Dickson Memorial Cancer Centre.
Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Head of State, Retired General Abdusalami Abubakar, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, among others attended the ceremony.
The commissioning ceremony, which took place at Toru-Orua Town, Sagbama local government area of Bayless, coincided with the one year remembrance anniversary of Madam Goldcoast Dickson.