The Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Honourable Ihunwo Victor Nyeche,JP, today charged newly elected leaders of the Mile One Traders Association (MOTA) to see the welfare of the traders as their first priority.
Addressing the newly elected leaders of MOTA after an oath of office was administered on them by the council’s legal adviser, Barrister Dike Godson, at the Council Secretariat, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, the Mayor of Port Harcourt advised the leaders to think of the traders first before themselves.
“It is not by your power that you emerged winners of the various positions that you vied for, but by the grace of God and the support of the traders who defied all odds to vote for you. So don’t see yourselves as lords, call for meetings from time to time to know where the traders are having challenging and proffer solutions to their challenges.
“Don’t use your positions as leaders to extort money from the traders or go to them to collect money from them before you make efforts for shops to be allocated to them when we start allocating shops, think of them first before yourselves; they should be your first priority”, the Mayor said.
The Mayor, advised the leaders to always call on him whenever or wherever they needed his assistance, and to lead the traders with the fear of God, saying as the Mayor of Port Harcourt City he won’t condole complaints of highhandedness.
He congratulated the winners, commended their opponents in the election and their supporters for their maturity, spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie, and appealed to them to continue to give the leaders their support all through their constitution’s stipulated two (2) years.
While commending the Electoral Committee which was chaired by the Deputy Mayor of the Council, Honourable Mrs Marian Fiberesima for carrying out his instruction for a transparent election to the letter, the Mayor also commended the elders of the market for their role which led to end the six years leadership crisis that rocked the Association.
Amidst chants of “Ekwueme, Ekwueme, Ekwueme…… (talk and do) that intermittently, rented the air while the Mayor was making his address, the Mayor ordered the Market Master, Mr China Kalagbor to go to the market and open the Traders Association Office which has been under lock and key while the leadership impasse lasted.
Mr Eze E. Ndubueze- Chairman of the Traders’ Association- speaking on behalf of the other newly elected leaders;
Mr Athaisius Uchenna—1st Vice Chairman
Alhaji Kola Adeleke—2nd Vice Chairman
Blessed Emma Orji—Assistant Secretary
Mr Paul Blessing—Treasurer
Mr Chinedu Maxwell—Financial Secretary
Mr Kennedy Chukwu—Publicity Secretary
Mr Grace Owabie—Welfare Officer
Mr Linus Uzosike—Provost.
and Mr Ikechukwu Ogbuagu—Provost II, commended the Mayor for setting an unprecedented standard by keeping to his word not to impose leaders on them and for ensuring that the election, which held last Saturday July 13, 2019, at the Council Secretariat, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, was free, fair and credible.
Anuebunwa Victor Chidozie,
Special Assistant on New Media
to the Mayor of Port Harcourt City.
Monday July 15,2019.