Chinese Embassy Gets Consular Office In Awka… Accuses Traders of Being Behind extortion, illegal revenues

Chinese Embassy Gets Consular Office In Awka… Accuses Traders of Being Behind extortion, illegal revenues
From Alphonsus Nweze

In a bid to lessen the stress and cost of obtaining Chinese visa by traders in Anambra State and the entire South East, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria  will soon open Consular office in Awka, the State capital.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Commerce, Trade, Investment,Dr. Christian Madubuko who stated this in Onitsha during his visit to Ochanja Market, said Governor Willie Obiano and the Chinese Embassador to Nigeria struck the deal when the Embassador visited the Governor in Awka recently .
The Commissioner said the  consular office will reduce the stress of going to Lagos or Abuja to obtain Chinese visa.
Dr. Madubuko said the consular office in Awka will equally reduce the cost of procuring Chinese visa for Anambra state traders.
He said this  one of the manifestation of Governor Obiano’s commitment to improve the welfare of traders in the State, which he said Obiano was always committed.
He restated the determination of the State Government to flush out touts who engage in illegal collection of revenues in the State.
The Commissioner accused the traders of being part of the extortion and intimidation in Anambra markets but warned them of the dire consequences of such action which will impinge on the success of their businesses.
He threatened to sack any market leader  who allowed extortion and illegal revenue collection to thrive in their markets, saying ” we can corrupt angels in Nigeria”.
He also told the traders and their leaders that those who steal Government money would not be allowed to go scot-free, stating that traders in the State do not pay tax.
Some traders who spoke at the occasion accused the Amalgamated Markets Traders of Anambra State (AMATAS), of being  behind some of the illegalities perpetrated in the markets especially the street  trading along Zik Avenue near Ochanja, where it was alleged that AMATAS officials collected between N10,000 and N25,000 for a space allocation.
The  Commissioner said he would hold  the President of Ochanja Market liable because he was given authority to decongest the area but preferred to strike deal with AMATAS., thereby refused to obey the  State Government.
Meanwhile, three hoodlums who engaged in illegal levy collection were arrested at Onitsha by the Commissioner and  his team. One was arrested at Bridgehead, while the other two were arrested at Tracas.
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