Rehabilitation of Ewo market: A call to action

Ewo market in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, a historically significant economic hub, is currently in a state of disrepair and requires urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The market, once a thriving centre for trade and commerce, now lacks essential amenities and infrastructure necessary for a modern marketplace.

The absence of facilities such as proper sanitation, clean water supply, modern shops, and administrative services has not only hindered economic growth but also compromised the safety of the Community, particularly at the market junction where frequent and drastic accidents occur.

Call to Action:

It is imperative that we, the sons and daughters of Okpella, come together to revitalize Edo heritage, which Ewo market represents, and address the pressing safety concerns at the market junction, exacerbated by frequent road accidents.

As a united Community, we must advocate for the rehabilitation of this strategic economic center and implement measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all market users.

Key steps for Rehabilitation:

1. Community Mobilization: Engage the Community through awareness campaigns, meetings, and workshops to emphasize the importance of rehabilitating Ewo Market and addressing safety concerns at the market junction, including mitigating road accidents.

2. Stakeholder Engagement:
Collaborate with local authorities, government officials, business owners, and community leaders to garner support and partnerships for the rehabilitation project, road safety initiatives, and infrastructure improvements.

3. Develop a Rehabilitation Plan:
Work with experts to create a comprehensive plan that includes modern amenities, infrastructure upgrades, road safety measures, and traffic management solutions for Ewo Market and its surrounding areas.

4. Advocacy and Lobbying:
Advocate for funding and support from government agencies, development partners, and other stakeholders to address road safety concerns, improve infrastructure, and implement necessary safety measures at the market junction.

5. Fundraising:
Explore various fundraising avenues to secure the resources needed for the rehabilitation project, road safety initiatives, and infrastructure improvements, including crowdfunding, grants, donations, and public-private partnerships.

Execute the rehabilitation plan, road safety measures, and infrastructure improvements efficiently, monitor progress, address challenges, and ensure timely completion of the project to enhance the safety, functionality, and accessibility of Ewo Market and its surroundings.

The rehabilitation of Ewo Market, coupled with the implementation of road safety measures and infrastructure improvements, is crucial for revitalizing our community and ensuring the safety and well-being of all market users, particularly in light of frequent road accidents at the market junction.

By working together and advocating for change, we can transform Ewo Market into a modern, safe, and thriving economic center that benefits all residents and visitors alike.

Let us unite in our efforts to rebuild our heritage, address safety concerns, and create a better future for Okpella. Together, we can make a lasting impact, promote sustainable development, and enhance road safety in our region.

Your support and commitment to this important cause will not go unrewarded.

Hadiza Ibrahim is a member of Okpella Welfare Association,

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