Sit-At-Home killed Markets In Anambra – ASMATA PG
By Julie Sylvia Onitsha
The President General, PG, Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Traders’ Association, ASMATA, Chief Humphrey Anuna, disclosed Monday, that the non-existent Monday sit-at-home exercise has killed markets in the State and by extension, markets in the entire Southeast zone.
Reacting to the inability of markets and other institutions that include, including banks, and courts, among others to reopen, he lamented that the situation has grounded the socio-economic and political activities of the area adding that something serious should be done to rescue the people from the quagmire.
“Presently, customers who come to Onitsha as the biggest market in West Africa to transact business, now divert to neighbouring States because of sit-at-home orders, thereby frustrating the economy of the State and by extension Southeast zone.
” The situation is an ill wind that blows nobody good as it has killed most markets in the zone. Most traders who come from outside the State to transact business have diverted to other neighbouring States and it is a big challenge to the economy of the State,” he lamented.
The ASMATA PG who set up a reconciliation committee for traders in the State hinted that it is aimed at restoring peace within the entire markets in the State.
” We will soon submit our cases to the reconciliation committee to ensure that adequate peace is restored.
“On the assumption, I also gave training to security commanders in the markets at Awka, State capital, and warned them that for any fire outbreak in the markets, they should be held responsible and since then there has not been any inferno in any markets in the State, he hinted