From Chike Ifedi
ABOUT N1.5billon has been spent so far in Delta State for the construction of five markets in the rural and urban areas respectively.
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mary Iyasere disclosed this to newsmen at the Ministry of Information while taking her turn in the 2018 ministry press briefly going on in the state.
According to her, this present administration through communal efforts has approved the development of five markets at Orerokpe, Owa-Alero,Bonadi, Igbodo and Isiokolo at the sum of N375,590,214, N311,775,026.70, N339,153,698,08. N98, 494,858.63 and N99,995,956.34 respectively.
Similarly, work on the construction of Orerope and Igbodo modern markets have been completed while that of Bomadi Owa-alero and Isikolo is in various stage of completion, she added.
She emphasized that the state government also in a bid to ensure that all abandoned project are completed has given approval of work to commence at Udu Itarbour market and the contractor is about going back to site to commence work.
Furtherance, the state government in furtherance of his desire to open up the state especially at the local government area through commercial activities has recently awarded contracts to five companies to construct three modern markets at Ozoro, Burutu, Oghars, Kwale and Abraka-Owanta at the cost of N419,379,527.48, N278,927,954.50, N275,772.741.61, N114,874,537,66 and N99,956.34 respectively.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Mrs. Iyasere when asked how much the ministry has generated so far in registration, she said that the ministry has generated over N34,50 million for the registration of Co-operative societies, thereby bringing the total number of registered co-operative societies in the state to 39,093 societies. 239 unions and three (3) Apex Co-operatives units registered as at 26th April 2018.