BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Anambra State government has enlisted the support of youths in the State, to put an end to the disruption of economic activities in the state every Monday.
The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano had last weekend met with heads of commercial banks and markets in the State, assuring them that adequate security has been put in place, urging them to ensure they open for operations every week day. The Governor had also threatened to seal any bank that violates the order.
To ensure that the order to reopen the State to economic activities is not truncated, the State government said it has received requests by Youths Groups to help ensure that businesses run, and has also approved the request, while calling on the youths to stand up and save their State, by ensuring that businesses concerns are not intimidated into closing on Mondays.
In a press statement titled; the Youths of Anambra State, a time for action – which was signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, and made available to our correspondent in Onitsha, the Governor appreciated the youths for their resolve to ensure full economic activities.
Part of the release read: “The Anambra State Government is pleased with the enthusiastic messages of solidarity it has been receiving from the public, especially the youth, to the measures taken in the last few days towards the full resumption of socioeconomic activity in the State every workday of the week, including Monday.
“The Anambra State Government hereby approves the requests from Youths Groups across the State and beyond to work closely with traditional rulers and Presidents General of all 179 Communities in the State, market associations, transport Unions, the Police and sister security and intelligence agencies in the State, including the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG), to ensure that the Anambra people perform their legitimate duties without hindrance from any quarters every day of the week, starting from Monday, September 13, 2021.
“The youth can report any likely threat to the public peace to any of the persons and groups mentioned above.”
The release stated that it observed that in communities like Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area, that youth have worked in the last few weeks in collaboration with community leaders and security agencies against the non-state actors, to ensure full socioeconomic activity.
“The Government commends such communities, and asks other communities to emulate them. Young men and women in our state should channel their energy towards productive endeavours, and not to destroy and kill.
“The Government is committed to working in partnership with the young men and women of Anambra State for a better tomorrow by ensuring the full restoration of socioeconomic activity in the state, with effect from Monday, September 13.
“The public is assured that all markets in the state will open for normal business tomorrow, transporters will go about their normal business and banks will work as usual in all branches.
“Members of the public will not be molested, as sufficient, well-motivated and well-equipped security officers in uniform and in plain clothes will be deployed in all parts of the state.
“All dark spots in the state have been identified and proactive steps taken to forestall possible acts of lawlessness in such places,” the release stated.