ANAMBRA State Government has ensured that election of new executives of New Tyre Market, Nkpor, was credible and devoid of violence.
The election was held on December 4, at New Tyre Market Hall, Nkpor.
Addressing the traders before the election, the Com, enjoined traders to make the right choice of leadership during the election.
Okafor disclosed that Governor Willie Obiano instructed every market in Anambra that wants to hold an election to conduct “free and fair election according to their constitution”.
According to the commissioner, “the government has no interest on any candidate.”
“The interest of the traders is the interest of the governor. Let the traders’ choice prevail”.
Okafor however extolled the peaceful and conducive market environment that has existed in the market.
He warned the electoral committee to avoid every form of corruption, and to ensure strict compliance to governor’s directives.
In his acceptance speech, the new President of New Tyre Market Nkpor, Okey Atueyi, thanked Governor Willie Obiano and Commissioner Uchenna Charles Okafor for their good works.
He expressed gratitude to all SSAs, SAs, ASMATA members, the entire contingent from Ministry of Trade and Commerce, and security personnel for their efforts.
Mr Atueyi lamented on the recent ugly development where Chinese traders import and flood all the streets in the state with their products.
He described the trend as a threat capable of displacing the Igbo race from markets if neglected.
He called on the state government to intervene with some regulatory measures to curb such intimidation and violation of business ethics.
The president further extolled the traders for decent accreditation process and subsequent credible election, promising that he will not disappoint them.
The chairman electoral committee Sam Emeka said from the traders’ election, the executives were there to serve and not to cart away funds.
The Secretary General, ASMATA, Rosemary Anazodo said “the election will serve as a point of reference to other markets”.
The HOD Markets, Ministry of Trade and Commerce Mrs Jossy Eboh-Nwosu commended the peaceful disposition of traders during election.
She said “every trader here is more of an executive member than a trader”.
She prayed for wisdom and sense of direction on the new executives so that they will lead in truth and faithfulness.
She called on traders to reciprocate government’s support by paying their taxes promptly.