The newly-elected Chairman, Aluu Timber Market Association, Hon Emeka Henry Wali has called on security agencies in the state to provide adequate security for timber dealers in Aluu.
Hon Wali, who decried the carting away of their woods by hoodlums, said protection of lives and property in the market would attract investors and enhance revenue generation for the local government and the traders.
He spoke to The Tide in Aluu, shortly after his election as chairman of the association at the weekend.
The chairman also appealed to the Ikwerre Local Government Area, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike to assist the dealers with a permanent market site in Aluu clan to boast their activities.
Hon Wali who regretted that the timber dealers had operated in a rented space over years in Aluu, said the provision of a permanent market site would stop dealers from selling on roadside.
He also assured dealers who were yet to register with the association to identify with them, even as he promised to operate an open door policy to members.
Accoding to him, the association would accommodate both indigenes and non indigenes trading in timber business in Aluu .
His tenure, he said would be transparent and accountable to all, as he appealed to companies and private organisations to patronise their market.
The association also elected Andrew Okrakpo as secretary, Baba Yusuf, Treasurer , Kenneth Nweze, tax force chairman and Adewale, financial secretary.