The Anambra Commissioner for Trade and Wealth Creation, Christian Madubuko, thas warned market leaders in the state to desist from stealing and embezzling government’s revenue.
Madubuko gave the warning on Thursday shortly after the election of new executive leaders of Old Mercedes Spare Parts Market, Nkpor, near Onitsha.
He said that some market leaders were in the habit of robbing the state government of its revenue and warned that “the prison awaits such conscienceless leaders.”
“The state government will not tolerate a situation where traders divert its revenue without proper accountability,” the commissioner said.
While assuring the traders of government’s continued support for businesses to thrive through the provision of basic infrastructure, Madubuko commended them on the peaceful conduct of the election.
Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, the President-General, Anambra Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (AMATAS), urged the new leadership to sustain the relative peace currently existing in the market.
Ezenwankwo urged the traders to give the new leadership support in the herculean task of administering the market.
In his acceptance speech, Chief Victor Elobi, who was re-elected for a second term in office, appealed for co-operation so as to deliver on his promises in the market.
Elobi commended Madubuko and Ezenwankwo for their untiring efforts to reposition markets in the state.