By Binebai Princewill
Coalition of youth groups in Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State have talked tough and has passed a note of warning to the Chairman of Warri South, Dr. Michael Tidi to immediately withdraw his purported appointment of an Itsekiri as a Market Master In Ogbe-Ijoh Market, Warri, Delta State.
This was made known to newsmen in Warri yesterday after an emergency meeting summoned by the different youth groups in Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, signed by Amb.Okosu Smart, Chairman, IYC Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom; Comr. Moses Omare , secretary; Comr. Akemetubo Victor, parliamentarian, IYC, Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom; Comr. Joseph Eniekebi as well as Meinbutus National Youth President Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
The youths who addressed the press on behalf of all youths in Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom noted that they will not allow the said market master to operate as it beats their imagination that Dr. Tidi could make such a move when the Delta State Government is yet to build the market to its completion.
They had particularly called on security agencies and the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to hold Tidi responsible if there is any breach of peace.
The statement reads in full below:
17/6/2020 press released
We write on behalf of the youths of Ogbe – Ijoh Warri Kingdom to inform you of our rejection of the appointment of a market master for Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State by Chairman of the Council, Dr. Michael Tidi.
Our reason for the rejection is that Ogbe- Ijoh market is yet to be built to completion by the Delta State Government as required. Presently, all stores in the market were built through individual and communal effort. Similar markets in the Warri metropolis that are yet to be built by Delta State Government are been managed by their communities and this has been the case in Ogbe-Ijoh market Warri over the years. We do not know the reason for the sudden appointment of market master to take over the management of Ogbe-Ijoh market.
Our position is that, Delta State Government should complete building Ogbe-Ijoh – market before appointing a market master to manage the market.
In addition, even if a market master is to be appointed, such person should be indigenous to the host, (OGBE-IJOH Warri) community.This is the practice in all other markets in Warri. For example, the market master for pessu/ugbwangwe market is itsekiri and not Ijaw,the Market Master in Igbudu is an Urhobo man and not Ijaw person in the same vein the Ogbe – Ijoh market master should be an Ijaw person in the spirit of fairness.
As a result,we wish to demand that, you reverse your appointment and allow the Ogbe- Ijoh market committee to carry out the management of the market until the construction of the market is completed.
On this note, we the youth leaders of Ogbe – Ijoh kingdom wishes to state that, the market master should be withdrawn with immediate effect. We would not allow the market master you appointed in Ogbe- Ijoh market to operate.
Security agents and our respected Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa should take note if there is any breach of peace in the area. Our call as youths of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom is that Tidi should immediately withdraw his purported Market Master appointment In Ogbe-Ijoh Market.
Yours in the struggle.
Chairman,IYC OGBE-IJOH warri kingdom.
Comrd. Moses Omare (sec)
Comrd. Akemetubo Victor (parliamentarian,IYC OGBE-IJOH warri clan.
Comrd. Joseph Eniekebi.
Meinbutus National Youth President OGBE-IJOH Warri Kingdom.