OBIANO MAKES U-TURN, OVERRULES COMMISSIONER, REINSTATE ANAMBRA MARKET LEADERS
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in a dramatic move on Monday reinstated the executive committee members of three major markets in Onitsha who were sacked few days ago by Christian Madubuko, the Commissioner of Trade and Commerce, through a radio announcement over yet-to-be-ascertained reasons.
Naijawatchdog learnt that the sacked market leaders were relieved of their posts by the commissioner on allegations bordering on gross misconduct, poor handling and remitting of revenue accruing to the government from these markets, fraud etc.
The markets are Electronics International Market (Electromat) situated along Onitsha/Asaba Expressway of the famous Onitsha Headbridge area, Emodi Shoe Dealers Association (ESDA) and Ochanja Central Market all located along Iweka Road, Onitsha.
As gathered from sources close to the government, the governor took the action based on strong representation made by Okwudili Ezenwankwo, the leader of all the traders in the state and South East, to the governor.
Ezenwankwo had reportedly intimated the governor that sacking of duly elected democratic executives in any market in the state would cause friction between the traders and the government as well generates bad blood, which will adversely affect the traders’ support to his administration.
Naijawatchdog gathered that as at yesterday the market executives were in their various offices holding meetings to evaluate the governor’s action and to sensitise the traders on the latest development.
Speaking to newsmen, Nelson Ojukwu, the chairman of Ochanja Central Market, and Leonard Umeh, chairman of ESDA, thanked Governor Obiano for standing by the truth, noting that their removal by the commissioner was done in bad faith, which was based on false allegations, adding that God would reward the governor for exonerating them.
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH