Anambry Deputy Gov.asks traders to diversify into industries

Anambry Deputy Gov.asks traders to diversify into industries
By Alphonssus Nweze

The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, has challenged Onitsha traders to  diversify from trade and commerce into building factories and industries  solidify their investments.

Dr. Okeke who spoke recently at Ogidi, the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area of the State during the commissioning of Ogidi Building Materials International market extension,said would secure their investments and platform to offer employment opportunity for teeming unemployed young people.
He commended the market leadership for their efforts in building the market and providing facilities that would safeguard it such fire fighting equipment.
In his speech, the Anambra State Commissioner for Commerce, Trade, Market and Wealth Creation, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, trace the success of the building of the market the Enterprise nature of Ndigbo , which made them to survive the civil war and its aftermath policies by the Federal Government.
He said the enterprise showed the ability of the traders to engage in a profitable trade and commerce, stressing that he was impressed by the feat they achieved.
The Commissioner commended their efforts and urged them not to relent in their determination to continue to improve the market.
In his welcome address, the president general of the market, Chief Jude Nwankwo expressed his appreciation to God for making it possible for them to build, dedicate and commission the market.

He equally commended the giant stride of Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano on economic and social development of the State, stating that security, road net works, prompt payment of salaries and provision of infrastructures have placed the state first among other states in Nigeria.


He laudded the  Governor on the N10 million naira project which he gave to all markets in Anambra state, saying that they were among the markets which benefited.

Chief Nwankwo said  that the aim of building the market which they commenced on January, 2018, was to provide shops for their fellow Igbo traders who flew the Northern ststes as a result of  Boko Haram insurgency.

He noted that no money was borrowed from any bank during the building of the market.
President appealed to the Governor to assist them in building the road linking Ogidi High court to enable them have  free movement of vehicles.
He also   mentioned drainage system, installation of Electricity transformer, bore hole, street light, toilet facilities as the available facilities in the market.
Responding to the closure of border, he said ” It is a good development. We have manufacturers here. Without closing the border, nobody will go into manufacturing. Igbo man is ready and able to develop Nigeria”.

He advised Federal Government to improve power supply to encourage traders who want to go into industrialization.

The former  President of General  of defunct Amalgamated Market Traders of Anambra State (AMATAS),  Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo  said  the market was his brain child, describing the market as the most peaceful in Anambra state.
He advised market leaders to  re etsi.  the already existing peace in Anambra markets.

He appealed to Governor Obiano to build road for the traders and deduct some years of none payment of “IGR” for them which, according him would be an encouragement for the huge investment.


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