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Anambra traders Association ban prayers in markets as politicians hijacked the exercise
Association in charge of Anambra traders has taken the boo by the horn, banned prayers in markets across the state.
In what has appeared to be the maiden step in Nigeria, the Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (ASATA) on Wednesday, made this know through it President general, Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu while addressing market union leaders.
The ASATA said it was necessary to effect the banned because politicians has hijacked the exercise.
In his words: “What we see now is extortion and conversion of prayer sessions to political rallies.
“This move became necessary because we have discovered that some overzealous ones abuse this practice by extorting market men and women regularly of their hard-earned resources.
“Some have turned the prayers into political jamborees and this is not healthy for the system.
“All market leaders are expected to meet with the traders and inform them of this development.”
Sharing his experience, the President said situation where police or government officials would be involved in matters concerning traders, whereas such issues could best be resolved by the market leadership.
He noted that resolving differences between traders through the appropriate processes will be attainable.
He further advised the market leaders to shun racketeering, urged to remit revenue generated from their respective markets to the state government coffers.
“We call on traders vying for elective positions to follow due processes in their campaigns in accordance with the constitution of the market and not engage in any activity capable of threatening the credibility of the election.
“We are looking forward to a peaceful, credible and a transparent election this time around.” he added.