PHALGA PRESS STATEMENT
Chiefs and Elders of Orije Community Visits Mayor of Portharcourt City.
…..Appeals for Special Recognition in the Newly Reconstructed Fruits and Vegetables Garden Market.
Chiefs,Elders and Some selected stakeholders of Orije Community,in Oroabali Rebisi Kingdom, led by a former Chairman caretaker committee of Portharcourt City Engr Christian Chiokwa visited the Mayor of Portharcourt City Hon Victor Ihunwo JP,in the Mayors conference room,council Secretariat Moscow road.
They appealed to the Mayor to help them get special recognition in the newly reconstructed fruits and vegetables garden market, kaduna street D/line.
Leader of the delegation Engr Christian Chiokwa told the Mayor that the fruit and vegetables garden market is sited on Orije community land,and the authorities should recognise the community by renaming the market,”Orije Fruit and Vegetables Garden Market”.
Engr Chiokwa reminded the Mayor that in 1999 the community paid similar visit to the then Mayor of Portharcourt City,Late Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro and made the same appeal they are making today.The then administration in Phalga allocated some shops in the market to them,the shops they occupied up until the unfortunate fire incident that gutted the market that necessitated the reconstruction by Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Another member of the delegation Chief Chiokwa told the Mayor that the community had five shops in the former market before the fire incident and appealed that once the Governor hands over the new market to the council after commissioning, he should please increase the number of shops allocated to Orije community.
Responding, Hon Victor Ihunwo JP Mayor of Portharcourt City thanked them for their peaceful disposition in their quest,but equally reminded them that the Amadi Oparaeli community had made similar appeal to him for recognition as they also claimed to be the ground owners of the fruits and vegetables garden market.
The Mayor said he will direct the council Secretary Dr Ezebunwo Nyeche to invite both communities to the council on a yet to be announced date so he can resolve their disagreement amicably.
Its a good thing to always agitate for what you think is rightfully yours, but the way and manner you go about it matters a lot,l sincerely commend you for being peaceful and also,you have a very strong son in Christian Chiokwa that is always selfless in his service to your community;Hon Ihunwo said.
The Mayor said in the mean time both the Orije community and the Amadi Oparaeli Community should continue to support the administration of Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,for he singlehandedly reconstructed the market in record time after the unfortunate fire incident,today we have a world class market hence all these agitation now for recognition.
(Chief Press Secretary Phalga)
2nd July 2019