Chairman, Onitsha Grain Seeds Market, Chief Goodwin Okonkwo (Ohamadike) has promised traders of the food stuff market that he was going to leave office at the end of April this year.
Chief Okonkwo who served the market for more than eight years had declared that it was all over for him as the market Chairman.
The market boss who experienced turbulent time through out his period in office told our correspondent that he would no longer continue to stay or act as Chairman at the end of April this year because not only that his tenure had expired on December last year, but for a lasting peace to reign in the food stuff market.
He, however, vowed to hand over reigns of leadership on the last day of April ,2021 as agreed with the market stakeholders in their recent meeting.
The outgoing market boss who worked assiduously for the development of the grain seeds market disclosed that he had faced very difficult challenges as the market boss when some traders who were nominated as members of the market building committee claimed ownership of the market which he noted prompted several litigations in court.
Chief Okonkwo emphasised that despite all challenges, the real owners of the market were decided by the courts both at the State and Federal level, adding that his victory at the courts were his most memorable moments as Chairman of the market.
” I faced very difficult challenges immediately l was elected Chairman of this market. Some members of the disbanded market building committee had claimed ownership of the market, but in my wisdom and that of my dedicated executives we engaged them in several litigations which we always came out victorious.”
“Now ownership of the market has been restored back to the real owners, the traders. I count this as one of my greatest achievements in this market”
“I had wanted to conduct an election after the expiration of my tenure last December, but the State Commissioner for Commerce,Trade and Wealth Creation,Chief Uchenna Okafor kicked against it,citing the Covid-19 pandemic and extended my tenure by three months which expired in March this year.”
” Sincerely speaking , l want election to be held in this market so that I will handover to my successor,but if the State Government decides otherwise and sets up a Caretaker Committee,well, I’ve resolved to leave office latest,30th April, this year.”
The two term market boss who boasted to have paid his dues as the market boss thanked the entire traders and members of his executives for the support and cooperation accorded him through out his tenure and urged them to extend such to his eventual successor.
“For all those who loved and appreciated my administration,l still urge you to extend such love and hand of fellowship to my eventual successor. May God continue to bless the traders and the market!” he uttered.