Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on
Friday put paid to the sit-at-home by the Indigenous
Peoples of Biafra and ordered the state’s civil servants
and markets to resume work on Mondays.
At a separate meeting with market leaders, Soludo said
the state government would no longer tolerate the shutting
down of markets on Mondays.
He and the market leaders agreed that markets would
reopen fully on Monday April 4, 2022.
Soludo held a town hall meeting with all the market
leaders in all Anambra markets and also the leaders of the
respective transport unions in the state.
The meeting which took place at the Professor Dora
Akunyili Women Development Center Awka, was attended
by the Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the
Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo
Chukwulobelu, Security Agencies, among others.
Soludo while addressing the gathering noted that his
administration has great plans for all Anambra markets
The Governor who noted that the market leaders and
transporters are critical stakeholders in the new Anambra
project said that the economy of Anambra is dominated
by the commercial sector.
He restated his commitment towards cleaning up all the
markets but empathized that all must join hands to restore
Anambra to it’s prime status.
He said that his administration will review the market
leadership, park management system and promised to
restore the master plan of Onitsha.
The Governor regretted the way people erect structures
against the physical planning of the state and maintained
that his administration will not entertain such primitive
The Governor assured to conduct a free, fair and open
election in all the markets and review their terms of
reference in the interest of the state come next year.
Governor Soludo said that the goal is to make doing
business in Anambra a pleasurable experience and
empathized that the Monday sit- at-home should end as a
way of achieving that objective but noted that his
government is open for dialogue against breakdown.
Maintaining that Anambra loses about 19.6 billion naira at
every Monday sit-at-home, Governor Soludo said that
there are better ways to channel protests and agitations
rather than suffering the Innocent.
Governor Soludo who noted that there is no conflict that
dialogue, in good faith, cannot resolve, reiterated his
governments determination to urgently restore peace and
security in Anambra, and sorts for the active cooperation
and collaboration of all stakeholders even as he harped on
the need for those in the bush to lay down their arms and
join in building the state.
It was unanimously resolved at the meeting that starting
from 4th April 2022, all Anambra markets and roads
should be busy with usual commercial activities.
The President, Anambra Amalgamated Traders
Association, ASMATA, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu in a
vote of thanks, assured that they will continue to support
the policies and programs of the government directed
towards making Anambra a more liveable place.