In an address before the commissioning, Chairman of Warri South Local Government, Dr. Michael Tidi, noted that the essence of renovating the 110 lock-up stalls handed over to the council by Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, under his leadership and the construction of additional 120 open market stalls, was to change the narrative of Warri from negativity in all sectors to positivity, in line with his administration’s policy of enhancing the socio-economic fortunes of the local government area.
While stressing that the desire to accommodate the traders that had hitherto been in the market without shops, informed expansion in the market, Dr. Tidi expressed optimism that the once moribund Warri Port, will soon experience beehive of economic activities as a result of concession of a section of the port.
He disclosed that in the next few weeks, the second Warri Economic Summit will be staged by the council, to consolidate on the gains of the maiden edition.
The Warri South Local Government Chief Executive, appealed to people of Warri to contribute their quota towards the development of the council area and enjoined indigenes of Ugbuwangue Community as well as the traders to maintain the market and other infrastructural projects executed in the community.
The Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, in his remarks, described the inauguration of the new market as a classified example of positive synergy between agencies of government.
The Deputy Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State, Barr. Ada Val Arenyeka, the Head (Olare-Aja) of Ugbuwangue Community, Prince Agindotan Yonwuren and leader of the traders in the market, Mrs. Stella Izuagie, commended the Dr. Tidi administration for making the market a reality, despite initial challenges.
Chairman of DESOPADEC, Hon. Michael Diden, Hon. Daniel Mayuku, Hon. Griftson Omatsuli, three prominent Warri Chiefs, Warri South PDP Chairman, Mr. Johnson Agbeyegbe, other PDP Chieftains and community leaders, graced the ceremony.
Dore (Main) Igbudu and Pessu Markets as well as Ogbe-Ijoh, Market, which was recently taken over by the Dr. Tidi administration, are the other major markets in the Oil City of Warri.