Eke Awka traders end power crisis, elect new exco
Traders in Eke Awka market, under the umbrella of Eke Awka Butchers Association, Awka, Anambra state, have ended their age-long internal wrangling by electing new leaders to pilot the affairs of the association.
Orient Daily gathered that the election was held on Thursday to bring back peace which had eluded the union since 2015 after splinter groups emerged, following issues associated with power tussle.
The election which had over 200 members in attendance, was conducted by the association’s electoral committee headed by Mr. Ezekiel Nwafor.
In the duly contested election, Chukwunyelum Mottoh was elected as the new chairman, Ndubuisi Edwin was elected as the treasurer, Benjamin Nwoye won the position of the secretary while Ezekiel Nwafor and Chika Solomon emerged vice president and financial secretary, respectively.
Speaking to Orient Daily after the election, the outgoing chairman, Prince Emeka Igwe said that the election will go a long way to restore peace and unity which he said had eluded the association since the inception of his tenure.
He decried that the formation of another faction in the association, few months after he assumed office in 2015, was the greatest challenge he faced as the chairman of the association.
“The greatest challenge I faced was a group of people that formed a parallel government few months after I assumed office in August 27, 2015. There are always two interests in politics which are individual interest and public interest.”
He noted his predecessors were not transparent enough which propelled him to adopt integrity and transparency as his watchword to steer the association to the direction it deserved.
He also said that the crisis in the union did not allow the leadership and union members to channel energy to demand assistance or favour from the government and market leadership over their welfare.
While he charged the incoming executives to learn from the problems experienced in his administration, he advised them to put the positive aspects of the challenges to good use. He also enjoined them to network, leverage and collaborate with experienced members on the duties they were expected to render for the union.
Meanwhile, chairman of Eke Awka Main Market, Emeka Jude Agummadu, while saying that the slaughterhouse was one of the most peaceful lines in Eke Awka market, urged the union members to love one another and settle any issue they meet amicably, eschewing fight and grudges.
Agummadu, represented by vice chairman of the market, Mr Echezona also said that the election was conducted to ensure peace and unity of the meat sellers in the market adding that the market had been known for peace and brotherly lifestyle.
Addressing the members, the newly elected President, Chukwunyelum Mottoh, lamented the lack of basic amenities and adequate ventilation in their work place, a development he said, had resulted in excessive heat and suffocation because of lack of electricity to power their fans. He assured that his executive would work to restore the comfort of his members.
He called on the members to unite and support the new executives through prayers, even as he pleaded with new members of the executive to put in their best to take the union to a greater height.
He assured the union members that his administration will see to the restoration of peace and harmony of the union. He said he will work for group interest instead of personal interest.
By Lawrence Nwimo