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100 DAYS: Onitsha Traders Scores Soludo High on Security, Business & Environment Managements



By Praise Chinecherem 

Traders at the Bridge Head Market in Onitsha Anambra State have passed a vote of confidence to Governor Chukwuma Soludo and his team for his giant strides, particularly in areas of security, Environmental Management and Trade And Commerce in his hundred days in office.

The traders under the Bridge Head Market Traders Leaders of Thought, said his social contract of providing security of lives and properties of the citizens has not been taken for granted, adding that he had always put his life and exalted office forward.

In a statement from its, the group also praised the governor for appointing Dr Obinna Ngonadi as Commissioner for Commerce And Industry, an appointment it described as square peg in the square Hole in line with his vision and mission. 

It said his timely intervention through the ministry of Commerce and Industry has brought salvation to the business, trading and Commerce activities in the State, resulting to the activeness of about 45% of the people of the state in the state’s economy.

The group also praised the governor over his recent visit to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which he described as proactive step to nip in the bud negative security development which has constituted concern to all and sundry.

The statement reads in part, “It is with a deep sense of great honor and responsibility that pass vote of implicit confidence to Mr Governor and his capable team for this Ninety Days in office which is associated with great strides in the areas of Security, Environmental Management and Trade And Commerce.

“This is with special reference to the selfless service of Your Hon Commissioner for Commerce And Industry Dr Obinna Ngonadi who have Proven to be a square Peg in the Square Hole in line with the vision and mission of Mr Governor. 

“Mr Governor, Your Social Contract of Providing Security of Lives And Properties of Ndi Anambra has not been taken for Granted, You have even put Your own life /exalted Office forward when it matters in Securing the lives of citizens.

“Mr Governor went extra miles to ensure that the lives of Ndi Anambra both at home and all over the Country were secured by assuring our fellow citizens of other etinic groups that their lives matters.

“The parkage is full and ready to take Ndi Anambra to our desired enviable heights, the time management, agile and eminently qualified men and women so far appointed as Commissioners and Special advisers especially that of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

“The practical cleaning of our littered environment which was left unattended many months before Your assumption of office, eradication of touts and its menace on our citizens, practical introduction of made in Anambra household, footwear, clothing and even vehicles has actually completed the circle and brought answers to our generational quest to think home mantra. 

“You have not only made us proud by your outstanding achievements within this 100 Days in office but Ndi Igbo in general by speaking into our ears and minds.

“You have stressed the need for our people to carry out our agitations responsibly, economically and strategically in order not to endanger our collective security, though the challenges are obvious but light is inevitable at the end of the tunnel.

“Your timely intervention through the ministry of Commerce and Industry has brought salvation to the business, trading and Commerce activities in the State hence about 45% of Ndi Anambra are very active traders and a such a strategic pillar in the state’s economy.

“Celebration of the timely desolation of about 32 markets whose leadership contradicts every acceptable procedure has boosted the morale of ordinary Traders in Anambra State were still on when Mr Governor through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched the historic grand breaking of the New site for the Bridge Head Market Medicine Dealers Associations at Oba in line with the Internationally acceptable standards which has been impossible in the time past, this is unprecedented.

“Mr Governor, across the country and in the understanding of many social analysts Your recent visit to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu could be clanish and one with ehinic colouration but it was entirely a proactive step to nip in the bud as the man on ground the negative security development which has constituted concern to all and Sundry, by deployment of men and resources in protecting this part of the nation since Your visit which has yielded positive results has become a shock to the doubting Thomas. 

“Both citizens and non citizens can now sleep with our two eyes closed, naming ceremonies, traditional marriages could now hold without paying levies to criminals by whatever guise.

“Bridge Head Market Leaders of Thought and the Stake Holders wish to invite our dear governor through the Hon Commissioner for Commerce and Industry to beam the state search light at Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu led ASMATA which was alleged to have operated a pay as you go office for elections in various markets in Anambra State and of which millions of naira were paid depending on the size of the market in question to secure the return of one’s desired list of various market executives.

“These illegal and Clandestine processes takes place under the watchful eyes of security agents whose shares of the bargain were usually protected by the ASMATA office, same was also used to share billions of naira of stallage fees accruing to the state government.”

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