By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta state government has waded into Sapele market crisis and urged stakeholders to honour the council management resolution which warned against fetish and lawless activities.
Sapele ultramodern market had been engulfed in crisis of confidence and its related activities in the past one year while efforts to resolve the situation had been unsuccessful following the alleged fetish and lawless measures to press home their grievances by the stakeholders.
But the state government through the Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor at a media Conference in Asaba on Tuesday, said that the state government had invested much in ensuring that peace prevailed for sustainable development, adding that it was the only way development can be meaningful.
According to him,’” Sapele Traders Association had earlier written a Petition to the Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa over the issue of store allocation in the market and some Persons took the shops and resold them at exorbitant prices as against the N3,000 fee approved rent by the government which irritated the Council and as mediators what we have done today is to ensure peaceful coexistence and we have advised both parties involved in the revocation done by the council should stand pending when we go to the market to be able to ascertain the claims made that some persons are re renting out the shops at exorbitant prices.”
He, however, appealed to the petitioner to give peace a chance by allowing the decision of the council authorities to stand and all parties to be involved in peaceful coexistence, and warned that the state government would deal decisively with anyone causing trouble at the market.
In his remarks, Sapele Council Chairman, Eugene Inoaghan said that the market was handed over to the Council by the state Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, stressing that he was surprised when he discovered that the stores were not being put into proper use because the traders could not afford the cost.
He said:”when the market was built, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa did say that it was built for the masses, and not for somebody to procure the shops to resell at higher rates, but I am surprised that some Persons are taking laws into their hands and are doing the wrong things contrary to what the Governor said.”