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Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

Iron rod dealers, under the umbrella of Iron Rod Dealers Association, Kala Market, Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, have denied allegations that its members buy and resell stolen iron rods in the market.

The chairman of the association, Sir Ndubisi Odumegwu, speaking with journalists, said that such criminal acts did not exist in the iron rod market.

“We don’t entertain reselling or buying of stolen goods in our market. The Iron Rod Dealers Union is strictly against it. In the same vein, we don’t harbour criminals and criminality in any form in our market.

“When we came into power our major concern was to build a good image about the union. For criminals, we don’t have any one here because all our members filled their personal data with the union to identify them,” explained Sir Odumegwu.

He also spoke on the continual fluctuation of costs of their wares, attributing the situation to market forces and the replacement value of the goods.

Sir Odumegwu said; “If you go around through Kala and Ikwerre Roads, you cannot experience any traffic situation any longer. Our traffic marshals arrange the parking spaces of the vehicles that offload and load our goods.

“When there is traffic congestion they will put on the uniform and decongest the road, penalise the offender and go back to their various business premises.”

He blamed the incessant instability in the prices of their goods saying; “The fluctuations in the exchange rate of naira to the dollar affect the price of building materials, iron rods precisely. We, the dealers, are not affected positively.

He added; “The manufacturer complains that the raw materials are very expensive, because the major raw materials are imported from outside the country.

“The incessant increase is so because we are not the manufacturers, we are distributors and sellers. Therefore, if there any issue from the company we get our supplies, it will affect the market forces, as the replacement value of the product.

Sir Odumegwu commended members of his executive, saying they had recorded impressive achievements so far. “We’ve done a lot of things.  The association has its own land, and the land has been fenced. We have made the market very conducive for buying and selling; a place where peace exists among our members and customers alike.

“Not that we don’t have little quarrel, but we settle them amongst us. The issue of sellers and customer relationship has improved tremendously.   We have more customers now than ever. And we hope that people coming behind us will continue from where we stopped,” he said.

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