THE former chairman of Ogbaru Relief, (Main) Market, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State, Chief Victor Nwawuzie Akirika, warned weekend that no amount of blackmail to attract sympathy would deter Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, through his Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Obinna Ngonadi from sanitising the markets.
Akirika, reacting to a petition allegedly sent to Governor Soludo against his commissione, by Elite of Anambra State Traders, that the commissioner is selling market leadership posts to highest bidders, described the petitioners as non indigenes and market touts that foment trouble in the markets.
He said that their motive for the petition, accusing the commissioner was for Soludo to sack the commissioner for doing good job by obstructing them from their continued means of illegal revenue generation that include improper shops enumeration, diversion of fund, illegal shop construction, overstay in office, leadership imposition, among others.
“There are also those defeated chairmanship candidates, like at Nkpor New Auto Spareparts Market and others, who even if they contest election 10 times, they will not win because majority of the traders don’t want them for being selfish and will be much interested on how to extort the traders if given the opportunity”, he stated
He disclosed further: “Again, the petitioners are fictitious names. There is nothing like Elite of Anambra State Traders in any market in Anambra State, and those who sponsor the petition are out for character assassination against one of the best Market Commissioners, Ngonadi, since the inception of the tate, he stated”.
“This is a commissioner with listening ears and always advises on the way forward and gives one time to rectify whatever mistakes/ illegalities committed before taking action, as his motive is focused on rightful means of sanity, peace, and cleanliness, while struggling to increase the revenue base of the state government”, Akirika maintained.
He urged the governor not to be deterred by the antics of such enemies of progress both in the market sector and other sectors of the economy, stating that it is their nature to thrive in crises.