The Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has reiterated his commitment to ensuring the welfare of traders in the state.
The governor also said his government is poised to provide basic infrastructure as part of his plans towards ensuring a conducive environment for business and economic boost in the state.
Ihedioha stated this when he met with the union leaders and traders at the Imo State International Modern Market, Naze, also known as Alaba Market, on Tuesday.
He also reminded them of the need to partner with the government in its efforts to achieve all round development through the payment of taxes and levies, stressing that it is his desire to make Owerri and the state in general the neatest in the country.
He said: “When I was campaigning, I promised our people that we shall be interested in the development of our markets.
“I am interested in providing infrastructure as well as relate with the security agencies for adequate security here.
“We have taken note of your challenges and will take deliberate actions to alleviate the sufferings of traders and also grow the economy.”
Emphasizing the need for payment of tax, the governor said: “Most importantly, you are expected to pay your taxes because the infrastructure would be maintained and that can only be done when you pay.
“And I want to assure you that the revenue we will generate, will be effectively utilised.”
Earlier in their speeches, the Chairman of Imo State Market Development, Hon. Henry Onwukwe, and the Chairman of the Electrical/Electronic section of the market, Chief Emeka Dike, who spoke on behalf of the entire traders, eulogised the governor for his concern for their welfare.
They also threw their weight behind all his decisions and programmes since his assumption of office, assuring him of their continued support.
They said they are confident he will address their challenges.