Traders in Akwa Ibom State under the aegis of ‘Akwa Ibom Traders Cooperative Association' with branches across the 31 Local Governmen
Traders in Akwa Ibom State under the aegis of ‘Akwa Ibom Traders Cooperative Association’ with branches across the 31 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom have officially reaffirmed their undiluted support to the State Chief Executive, Deacon Udom Emmanuel’s administration and equally pledged to mobilize and vote as to return him for a second term in 2019.
The Traders made their position known yesterday 14th August, 2018 during their meeting the Special Assistant to the Governor on Trade and Market Matters, Akparawa Idorenyin Raphael.
At the meeting which took place at Association Secretariat, #11, Baracks Road, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, the Traders asserted that their support for the Governor was a way of reciprocating the Governor’s gesture to them especially in areas of human capacity building and infrastructural developments across the State.
According to a communiqué jointly signed by stakeholders of the Association and made available to Journalists at the end of the meeting, the traders appreciated the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his interest-free loan, Thursday ticket free day, building of ultramodern Urua Awa Market, Edere Obo Market to traders in the state and renovation of other markets across the across the state, which according to them; has gone a long way to boost small scale businesses in the state.
They re-affirmed support to the Governor over his commitment to the building of a vibrant economy in the state through small and medium scale industries, while acknowledging and extolling the Gov. Udom’s efforts for approving the construction of Ikot Akpe and Nung Oku Markets in the state.
The communiqué reads in part; “since the creation of Akwa Ibom State, this is the first time traders have greatly benefited from any government financial facilities hence the need to give unwavering support to Governor Udom’s administration for the continuous welfare of traders. Accordingly, we have resolved to work in mobilizing support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s constitutional reelection bid across all the wards and units across the state.”
Meanwhile, considering the age long zoning arrangement in the state, the traders have unanimously insisted that Eket Senatorial District of the state should continue to complete their 8 years at the hill top mansion for justice, fairness and equity, pointing out that they are fully behind Udom Emmanuel to complete the 8 years tenure of Eket Senatorial District in 2019.
“since Uyo Senatorial District in the person of Obong Victor Attah took 8 years as Governor, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the person of Senator Godswill Akpabio also took 8 years, that Governor Udom Emmanuel from Eket Senatorial District should be allowed to complete his eight years owing to his unprecedented performance in all sectors of the state economy.”
They called on all members of Akwa Ibom State Traders Cooperative Association who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so immediately as to be fully to prepared to vote for Udom Emmanuel in 2019 and as well to fight against any form of imposition during the elections.
However, the Special Assistant on Trade and Market Matters to the Governor, Mr. Idorenyin Raphael Who appreciated the Traders for the position taken, described their decision as a right steps in a right direction.
He thanked the traders for acknowledging and finding Governor Emmanuel worthy to be reelected for a second term come 2019.
Mr. Raphael who described Governor Emmanuel as an asset, trailblazer and an astute administrator, said his type is rare to find among today’s leaders, noting that his superlative performance in the areas of health, agriculture, entrepreneurship, education, security, infrastructural developments were what gave rise to the numerous supports so far given to him.
He urged all members of the Association and indeed Akwa Ibom people not to relent in their support to the Governor, as he is committed and determined to move the state to a greater height.
By Aniekan Sunday