Nnamani wants investigation into market crisis
March 14,2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has directed a full investigation into the leadership problems reported in some Market Traders Associations in the state.

Governor Nnamani gave the directive during a meeting with the executives of the seventeen registered Market Traders Association in the state at the Banquet Hall of the Governor’s Lodge, Enugu.

The Governor directed the Secretary to the State Government and the Special Adviser on Local Government and Political Matters to carry out the exercise with a view to ensuring that the misunderstandings were settled to avoid any breach of peace in the markets.

He said that government would not want to take chances on issues concerning the traders, adding that his government was committed to ensuring the welfare of the people as well as providing a very conducive environment for business to thrive.

The State Chief Executive told the trade unions that the meeting was scheduled to thank them for their support to his administration and contributions towards the socio-economic development of the state.

He also explained that the meeting was convened to enable the leadership of the state to interact with them to know their problems and also render to them the score card of his administration in improving the living standard of the living standard of the people.

Governor Nnamani used the occasion to inform the traders that owing to the rapid business activities and growth of mini-markets in parts of the Ogbete market, efforts were being made to decongest the market.

The Governor assured the traders that government would continue to recognize them and give them their due share in the scheme of things and urged them to remain focused and support government in its programmes.

Earlier in his speech, the President of Enugu State Market Traders Association, Chief Osy Peters Okoye, thanked Governor Nnamani for the massive infrastructural development embarked on in the state describing them as unprecedented.

Chief Okoye noted that the governments in the state in the past never remembered the association except that of Governor Nnamani and assured him of their loyalty and support at all times. He also thanked the Governor for the transformer and fire fighting vehicles donated to the Ogbete market.

Chief Okoye appealed to the Governor to consider their members for more political appointments in the local government areas since they had qualified personnel for such positions. All the seventeen trade unions from various markets in parts of the state, according to him, attended the meeting.

Governor Nnamani noted that government was able to move forward because of its constant touch with the grassroots, as well as representatives of trade unions and groups.

While commenting the traders for their support and cooperation with the state government, he reminded them of the need to mobilize their people and maintain the Ebeano structure in their areas.


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