The leadership of the Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association and the executive members of the Urban Drivers Welfare Association of Anambra State have restated their commitment towards ending the Monday sit-at-home across the South-East.
Both groups resolved to collaborate in ending the exercise when the President General, ASMATA, Chief Humphrey Anuna, and the executive members of UDWAAS, led by its President, Moses Nwabueze, met at the Traders’ Secretariat in Onitsha, on Monday.
Speaking to journalists after their meeting, Nwabueze said, “The adverse effect of the sit-at-home on the people of Anambra and the entire South-East, especially as it concerns trading activities and logistics, has become worrisome. And as drivers, we have realised we are critical stakeholders in ending the exercise.
“Therefore, we have advised that drivers and traders should resume their normal business activities and we assure residents of the availability of transportation to convey them to their business places every Monday. When buses are available, people will start coming out.
In his response, the ASMATA President, “We will not relent in ensuring a peaceful atmosphere for the traders and bringing back investors who for now have diverted to neighbouring states for their business transactions due to fear of uncertainty in the state and South-East zone.
“Both traders and drivers are critical stakeholders and they need each other to make this possible and we assure every stakeholder of unalloyed support.”