The Chairman of Okrika Traders Association Ogbogonogo Chapter, Delta State, Mrs. Josephine Williams have lauded the support of the indefatigable Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government, Hon. Ezenyili Kelvin Obi for supporting the Association acquire shops at the newly constructed market.
Speaking during the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association held on the 25th February, 2022 at the Landers’ Brothers Tourism Centre, Asaba,
Williams opined that the occasion is the first of its kind in the annals of the Association’s history, hence the leadership of the Association deserves applause for their effort to organize such an elaborate occasion.
Reading her welcome address, she emphasized that worthy of mention is their meeting with the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government in November, 2021 which facilitated the registration of new members and a second visit on Monday 21st February, 2022 on a courtesy visit to the Chairman again by the Exco where matters affecting members were discussed.
Amongst other requests to the LG Boss on the auspicious meeting was the most pressing, for him to help the Association facilitate space in the newly constructed market. A request that Hon Ezenyili did not only consented to but swung into action immediately to help them get the shopping space in the new market in earnest.
Mrs. Williams further appreciated the kind support of the Omu and other relevant authorities whom the Exos met with regards for their assistance towards their market activities.
Recounting the challenges they have face in recent times, the hardworking Chairman said that “The past two years have been a tough one for our members. In fact we can say it was a perilous time for us. We were faced with Cod-19 which put many of our members out of business. Thereafter most of our member’s shops (about 95%) were demolished during the most recent demolition exercise carried out in the Ogbogonogo old market, to make way for the new market complex. This resulted in many of our members scattered with majority in the open park”.
“Faced with the above without, it was a great challenge to keep the unity and interest of the members intact. Therefore, today’s peak attendance is a clear evidence of hard work of this regime that had a divine blessing to the success of us all” she said.
“The Exco will continue its follow-up meetings with the Council Chairman in respect to its request for space in the new market complex” she concludes.