Delta State Government has pledged its determination to rebuilt the Ogbeogonogo market, Asaba, in Oshimilí south local government area.
The State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Honourable Chika Ossai, made the pledge on Wednesday in a tripartite meeting between the Oshimili south local government, ,the developer and the traders at the disputed part of the Ogbeogonogo mini market.
Chika Ossai, who sympathised with the traders said no amount of protest would make the state government to change its mind on developing the market, as it was not the intention of government to frustrate the traders but to ensure that their wares and lives were safe.
He urged the chairman of Oshimili south local government, Mr Uche Osadebe, to work out a plan to relocate the traders so as to reduce their sufferings, appealing that the Council should stop all forms of levy in the mini market.
The Chairman of Oshimili south local government , Mr Uche Osadebe, said the Memorandum of Understanding on rebuilding of the market was signed in 2018 with all the parties involved, including the developer and Delta State Government.
Mr Osadebe said the traders were well informed about the development and they had severally been served demolition notices.
Mr Okebunor Onyema, who spoke on behalf of the traders, said there was a communication gap between the traders and the local government, alleging that the council always took the law into its hands at the detriment of the traders.
He appealed to the state government to come to their aid as trading at the Ogbeogonogo market was their only source of livelihood and any attempt to displace them would bring untold hardship on them.
Moving forward, a three – man committee was set up to organise an enlarged meeting next week.