New Ogbogonogo Market, Going According To Plans

L,R: Chief, Ekwe Ogidi, Hon. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor and other officials of DSCTDA

The new wing of the Ogbogonogo International Market in Asaba will be completed soon and add over 1,112 lock up shops to the market.
The contractor handling the project under Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Chief, Ekwe Ogidi, said the open space section of the market will also accommodate 500 traders.

Ogidi stated this while conducting the director general of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, round the project site today Thursday, 26th September, 2019.

We thank the Almighty God who gave us the strength to do this work and the Governor for believing in us.
The new market has a capacity of about 1112 lock up shops,
Ogidi who is the chairman of Ekwe-Ogidi Integrated Resources Ltd, the company handling the project, said.

We were given three years and we have worked for only nine months. With the current pace of work, the project will be completed before that three-year duration
, he said.

Also speaking to newsmen, Mrakpor who was accompanied on the tour of the project site by top officials of the agency, expressed satisfaction with the execution of the project.

Hon. Mrakpor addressing newsmen

"I have been here before but I needed to meet with the man in charge, Chief Ogidi, the developer. The last time we were here, he wasn't here. We had a meeting in the office and we agreed to come back.
Now, we have come back here and we have gone round. I think I am impressed, first with the speed of work and second with the quality of work", she said.

The DG commended the contractors for following the design of the project which was given to them by the DSCTDA.
On the strategy to tackle the problem of street trading, Mrakpor said it will be taken care of by the structure that is being put in place at the new market.

Some sections of the new market.

"I believe that when you have a proper structure for people, they will do the proper thing. The Consultant Engineer has assured that they have taken care of that with open spaces for them to do their trading", she said.
She frowned at the level of adherence to environmental standards at Ogbogonogo Market, noting that it is not just the problem of only the traders, but also that of the government.
"If I say don't dump your refuse here, I should provide a place for you to dump it elsewhere. So, when government does the needful, I believe that they will do the needful", she said.

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