By Kasarachi Azuka/Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said despite that it is the function of the local government councils to construct markets, his administration has been involved in the construction of markets in order to grow rural commerce.
He said his administration was committed to the overall socio-economic development of the state and markets, especially in rural communities where such markets play vital roles in the development of the areas.
“We are trying to assist our people through rural markets because that helps to grow commerce and the local government councils that are directly in charge of markets may not be very strong financially and if we continue to leave them, that means we will be impacting very badly on the economy of the state and in the course of this year, we are building markets”, he told journalists in a quarterly media briefing held in Asaba, Wednesday..
He explained that one of such markets is the Ozoro market which was just recently awarded. It was a promise made and it is a huge market; the other is the Oghara market which was in very bad shape; we are also building the market in Burutu town and others”, said.
On the other hand, the governor described the numerous clash between herdsmen and farmers in the country as great threat to sustainable food production.
“If we are going to encourage agriculture in this country, we must address the loss of farm produce from these security challenges posed by the herdsmen/farmers clash all over the country”, Okowa asserted.
While disclosing that his administration took proactive steps, including setting up interventionist committees to ensure that the clashes does not escalate as being witnessed in some states of the federation, Okowa expressed confidence that the presidential Committee set up on the issue will proffer solutions for the Federal Government to give policy trust for Nigerians to follow.
He also, stated that the issue of herdsmen taking over Uwheru community in Ughelli North local government area was being taken care of by security operatives, asserting that his administration will always employ diplomacy to avoid loss of life as a result of the activities of herdsmen.
On the issue of tractors being hired to farmers at exorbitant cost, the Governor expressed joy that most Deltans were into farming, noting that farmers’ co-operative societies took charge of the hiring of tractors, but promised that more would be procured to cater for those who could not access tractors being run by the co-operative societies.