Atak Oro Market: Okobo legislators seek re-establishment of age-old market
By Samuel Okpo
Recently, the Chief Whip of Okobo Legislative Council and Councilor Representing the good people of Eweme Ward 1, Hon. Samuel Okpo, presented a Substantive Motion for Rehabilitation and Revalidation of Urue Atak Oro ( Atak Oro Market) at Urue Ita, Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria which had been closed down for over 15 years now.
Excerpt of the motion as presented by the lawmaker:
Substantive Motion for Re-habilitation and re-validation of Atak Oro Market at Urue Ita Village, Along East West Road, Okobo Local Goverment Area of Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria, moved by Hon. Samuel Effiong Okpo, Councilor Representing Eweme Ward 1 in Okobo Legislative Council.
Mr. Leader, Honourable Members, Whereas the people of Atak Oro in Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State are in urgent need of re-establishment of an ultra Modern Market in their central location at Urue Ita Village.
According to the villagers, the siting of the Atak Oro Market at Urue Ita Group of Villages many years before now by our forebears, was because of its central location at the popular Eket – Oron Road ( now East West Road) with boundaries between Ikot Ubo in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria.
Indeed, people from the five wards of Atak comprising of Eweme Ward 1, Eweme Ward 2, Offi ward 1 and offi Ward 2 used to buy and sell at the popular Urue Atak Oro (Atak Oro Market) which for the past fifteen years now, the market has not been functioning again due to dilapidated, decayed and poor infrastructure occasioned by the construction of the East West Road that passes through the market which has affected a great deal of structures and market shades, resulting in total closure of Urue Atak Oro ( Atak Oro Market), for over 15 years now.
It is pertinent to stress that our people from Okobo political bloc and other Local Government Areas, particularly businessmen and women from oduobo, okopedi, Nsit Atai, Urue Offong/ Oruko and Nsit Ubium among other places were buying and selling and carrying out economic activities which promote comfortable life in the grassroots at the said Urue Atak Oro before the devastating experience that has thrown the inhabitants and residents of the area mostly the women into the state of frustration and hopelessness considering the total closure of the market.
The Economic Impact of Atak Oro Market
Mr. Leader, Honourable Members, Urue Atak Oro was one of the revenue based of Okobo Local Government Area, and the market when revived and revalidated will go distant miles in opening up the area for economic activities, improve the standard of living of our people, increase revenue generation of the Council and ensure economic emancipation of the area for a comfortable life.
Mr. Leader, Honourable Members, the re-establishment of the Market apart from generate revenue to the Local Government Council among other sundry benefits, will at the same time create myriad of employment opportunities to the people in the area.
There is no gain saying that some of our school children who schooled in the government Secondary School, Urue Ita used to have leverage in the market and as we speak, the new generation students are indeed suffering to buy foodstuffs and there is a proposed Multi Nations University in the same Urue Ita Village, Along East West Read, and the people are in serious need of a good nearby market particularly, Urue Atak Oro to enhance and make their stay in school and the area more comfortable.
Steps to be Taken Towards the Actualization of Re-establishment of Atak Oro Market.
Mr. Leader Honorable Colleagues, it may interest you to know that as a councillor, I have established synergy, consultations and meetings with the host community that graciously donated a sizable portion of land for the market, and plans are underway to meet with critical stakeholders and management of respective market Committees within and outside Okobo Local Government Area to agree on a new formidable date for the sale of the Market without affecting other markets around.
The market needs construction of at least ten open new market shades and lockup stores that will provide a condusive atmosphere for traders and people doing business there.
From the available visibility studies, a sum of Ten Million Naira (#10 m. naira only will savage the situation and ensure Atak Oro people have an ultra Modern Market at a central location in Urue Ita, along the popular East West Road.
1. Mr. Leader Honourable Members, it my humble prayers that a resolution should be reached by this Honourable House calling on the Executive Arms of Okobo Local Government Council to immediately set-up a committee that will work out good modalities and ensure the repositioning and Re-establishment of the market to function effectively.
2.A resolution should be sent to the Ministry of Economic Development and Deep Seaport, the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, and other relevant Ministries and Agencies of both the State and federal government for prompt intervention to ameliorate the ordeals of the people.
3. House Committee on works, Transport and Urban Development, Okobo Legislature Council should lead the Committee Members for an oversight functions to look at the present state of the market which is already an eyesore.
Mr. Leader, Honourable Members, considering the urgent need of the market under review, I hereby call on you all, my distinguished colleagues to rise and speak in support of this motion to be passed into a bill that will engender development in our Local Government Area for the good of our people.
It is equally pertinent to note that this market if revalidated will also go a long way to rekindle the hope our rural dwellers in the Local Government administration and indeed the government of day.
I so moved
Hon. Samuel Effiong Okpo
Chief Whip, Okobo Legislative Council/ Councilor Representing Eweme Ward 1.