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Monday Sit at-home ends in Anambra as Soludo meet Union Leaders

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The newly sworn-in Governor of Anambra, Prof. Charles Soludo, has instructed all markets in the state to continue with their Monday business starting from next week.

The governor passed the directive in a meeting with leaders of 91 various markets and transport unions in the state, on Friday in Awka.

Soludo noted that the preliminary survey carried out recently indicates that more than N19.6 billion was being lost following the closure of businesses on Mondays in the state.

He further stressed that it had become necessary regarding the obvious negative impacts, which the sit-at-home being observed weekly in Anambra and other states in the South-Eastern zone.

The former CBM governor clarified not being against anyone being sympathetic to the cause by Nnamdi Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In his words: “People should devout time to pray for him, while we leaders continue to follow up the matter because I believe that through dialogue, the matter will be resolved”,

On the part of security, Soludo assured to provide adequate protection businesses across the state to enforce the directive.

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He also disclosed to the union leaders his administration’s plan which would usher in a new order in various markets and parks across the state.

The statement continued:

“In the next three months, we will put in caretaker committees in markets with leadership problems, but in about one year, we will conduct fresh elections in all the markets.

“When the election will be held, we will adopt ‘option A4’ so that proper people will take up leadership positions”, he said.

The governor also emphasized the need to halt old ways of collecting revenues as a digitalized process will soon be implemented, urging the union leaders to assist the new government to restore sanitary conditions within Onitsha, Nnewi, and other major towns as well as stop illegal construction of buildings.

Mr. Sunny Obinze who is the Chairman, of BridgeHead Markets, in his remark appealed to the governor to permit them to meet with their subjects before enforcing the order.

Similarly, other members at the occasion, applauded governor Soludo for his thoughtfulness, assuring that they would support his desire to sanitize the state.

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