Market leaders in Anambra warned against diverting gov’t revenue


By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Anambra State Government says it will continue to arrest and prosecute dubious market heads who siphon government funds until sanity is brought into the system.
The State Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Christian Madubuko, stated this when he visited Stock fish International Market, Onitsha.
Madubuko, who noted that diversion of public funds into private pockets by market leaders has seriously affected the state’s economy and government’s productivity negatively, warned market Heads in the state against such act to save themselves from consequences that awaits anybody found indulging in the act.
Madubuko during the visit rated the Stock fish International Market high in cleanliness, as well as in cooperation and unity amongst traders, urging other markets to emulate them.
Reacting to the complaint laid by the traders, that the state government has not been carrying them along in the scheme of things, Madubuko who described Obiano led administration as government for all, assured them that henceforth the government will always support them, and ensure that they receive everything that is due to them as long as they remain law abiding.
Speaking Earlier, the President-General of the market, Mr. Celestine Ezewulu, assured him of the traders’ support, as well as their prompt payment of taxes and Levis which he said the market has not failed doing.
Ezewulu used the opportunity to call on the state government to come to their aid in some of the challenges facing them in the market.
On his part, the immediate past President-General of the market, Mr Tony Muoka, while regretting the poor relationship between the state government and the market before now, expressed hope of positive change and better experiences under the present commissioner.

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