Market Leadership: Anambra Govt Constitutes New Exco

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Anambra Government has constituted a new leadership that would run the affairs of market associations in the state, known as Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA).
The Tide source reports that the ASMATA leadership made up of 20 members is led by Mr Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu and Mrs Rosemary Anazodo, as acting President-General and Secretary respectively.
The Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr Christian Madubuko constituting the body in his office weekend in Awka, announced that Chief Godwin Okeke, Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Motors and Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka as patrons of ASMATA.
Madubuko also inaugurated leaders for the six zones of the association and two-man legal advisers and two-man advisers on markets.
He said the state government revived the defunct ASMATA as replacement for Amalgamated Traders Association, Anambra State (AMATAS) which was formed about 12 years ago. He said AMATAS failed to hold a peaceful election to replace the out gone leadership and refused the state government to intervene in their matter.
Reports say that the immediate past chairman of AMATAS was Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo who won the Federal House of Representatives seat for Orumba North and Orumba South Federal Constituency of Anambra.
The commissioner said ASMATA was now the only umbrella body recognised by Anambra Government, adding that their operation would not be affected by whatever would be the outcome of the suit initiated by AMATAS against the government.
“We instituted a new umbrella body for traders in Anambra, sometime ago, during Dr Chris Ngige’s regime, the state government introduced ASMATA but unfortunately that noble association that would have united traders in the state was abolished and replaced with AMATAS.
“AMATAS has been there for the past 12 years but unfortunately, they were not able to conduct a credible election.
“It became marred with crisis of leadership and State Government stepped in but AMATAS said they were a Non Governmental Organisations and government has no say in their affairs.
“They went to court to claim that government has no place in their affairs but we don’t want to go to court with anybody. So, we decided to revive ASMATA as the umbrella body that is recognised by government, so AMATAS can go to court, run the case and do with it whatever they want,” he said.