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By Juliana Nwachukwu :

Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, has commended the President General (PG), of Anambra State Amalgamated Traders’ Association (ASMATA), Chief Humphrey Anuna, for restoration of relative peace and increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the markets in the State.

He said this as the PG celebrated his one year in office at his Oraeri community, Aguata Local Government Area, adding that it was since the appointment of the PG by the governor that the traders’  IGR, was increased from #400million annually to #4.5billion.

His words, “The PG has even pledged to generate #5billion  instead of #4.5billion saying that 70 per cent of business activities in the state are trading. There is massive improvement in IGR”.

The Governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Trade and  Commerce, Mr. Everest Ubah, said that apart from enabling environment put in place for traders in the state, he has also touched on so many lives through human capital development, employment of teachers, medical personnel, introduction of 1 youth 2 skills acquisition initiative, sack of touts, among others.

“On infrastructure, he has done over 400 kilometers of road within a short period and has improved on the transport system by working on scores of roads,” he said.

Contributing, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Jude Nwankwo, expressed satisfaction that the PG’s appointment by Gov. Soludo assisted immensely to the increase in IGR of traders in the market.

“80 per cent of residents of Anambra State are traders. The PG has served in various capacities as market leader which helped him to know sources of market revenue generation for the state government and that contributed to the increased revenue base of the traders.

“The PG has pledged to generate #5billion on the latest IGR payment to the state government and his administration restored peace which for years eluded the traders,” he further added.

On the Special Adviser to Gov. Soludo on Parks and Markets, Mr. Ubah, the chairman who is ASMATA patron and also PG of Ogidi Building Materials International market, said that Ubah was instrumental to the improvement in IGR and restoration of peace in all markets in the State.

“Without the Special Adviser, Mr. Ubah, these achievements by the ASMATA PG would not have been possible. Uba’s appointment by Gov. Soludo is a welcome development as it has sanitized the markets,” he added.

Contributing, the Idemili Zonal Chairman of ASMATA, Chief Emmanuel Obiagwu, commended the ASMATA PG for celebration of one year in office, adding that the present ASMATA executive has been able to surpass previous regimes in terms of achievements.

“We increased the revenue base, that is IGR of traders from #4million that was the highest IGR before we came in to #4.5billion and hope to increase it to#5billion according to the PG. So we are doing well and government is happy about it,” he said.

In their own contributions, the ASMATA Resolution Committee Chairman and Secretary, Mr. Eric Uwaoma and Mr Peter Okala, expressed satisfaction with the attainment of one year in office of ASMATA PG, adding that the achievements of the present ASMATA executive led by Chief Humphrey Anuna, have surpassed the previous regimes, especially in areas of IGR and peace restoration.

Also the Chairman of Haruna  and Sokoto markets, Mr. Emmanuel Idoko and Mr. Emeka Mbachu, commended the ASMATA PG as he marked one year in office, pointing out that he changed the face of  the markets from ugly to beauty via restoration of peace and improvement on IGR.

According to the duo, the markets have been sanitized and everybody is happy with the PG for restoring peace that eluded the traders for years. The appointment of PG changed the narrative.

The PG of Oraeri community, Evangelist Alex Agudosi, while commending Gov. Soludo for appointing their son as the ASMATA PG, said that it was an appointment well deserved.

Also the chairman of Nkpor New Auto Spare Parts Market, Chief Elysius Ozorkwere, paid glowing tribute to the ASMATA PG to have achieved this feat of one year in office, noting that he was able to increase the IGR base and restored peace in the markets.

According to him this feat would not have been possible without the contribution of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade and Commerce, Mr Ubah, notng that the duo work in synergy for the betterment of traders in the State and commended Gov. Soludo for their appointment.

Responding, the ASMATA PG commended all and sundry for felicitating with him as he marked one year in office, adding that without their contributions the celebration would not have been a success.

“If not for you traders, your contributions and hard  work, we would not have gone this far in restoring peace and increment on revenue base from #400 million before we came in, to #4.5billion and even hope to get to #5billion in the next payment”, he hinted.

*Juliana is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


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