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Commissioner implores market leaders to support Obiano’s development plans

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COMMISSIONERfor Trade and Commrce in Anambra State, Charles Uche Okafor, has enjoined market leaders to support Governor Willie Obiano’s development plans in transforming the economy of the state.

The commissioner made this call during an inaugural meeting with all market leaders and executives, held  at Government House, Awka.

Okafor said that in addition to the market projects allocation delivered recently, the state government was poised to do more, especially in the area of infrastructural development. This includes construction of good access roads into markets to facilitate easy flow of traffic.

He also revealed that government is willing to pay the new minimum wage to workers in the state.

He said government would also embark on massive decongestion of all roads leading to markets, especially in Onitsha, and rid the streets of traders and fake revenue collectors to encourage customers’ patronage to traders inside the markets.

The commissioner therefore called on market leaders to clear up arrears and pay promptly, to empower the government to execute the mapped out projects.

Also speaking, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr Daniel Okoli, advised market executives to shun all manner of war, petitions and leadership tussles as they militate against peaceful coexistence and success of traders in markets.

Addressing the meeting also, the chairman of ASMATA, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu, urged the executives to cooperate with the commissioner to keep the wheel of economic transformation in Anambra rolling.

In his address, the chairman, AIRS, Dr. David Nzekwu, reiterated the need for traders to obtain their ANSSID Numbers, to enhance efficiency in collection of IGR in markets.

Dr. Nzekwu said registration was on/going in all local government areas in the state, adding that one can also capture one’s data for ANSSID Number using smart phones, by logging into designated website.

In a vote of thanks, Mr Edwin Muozom thanked the state governor, the commissioner, Permanent Secretary, other government functionaries, and market executives for converging to deliberate on the way forward.

Mr Muozom expressed confidence that the meeting is a fresh impetus and encouragement to market leaders.

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