Governor Willie Obiano Orders Banks, Markets in Anambra State To Fully Operate From Monday

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Nigerian politician, banker and technocrat who serves as the fourth Democratic Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has ordered markets, banks, transport business owners, among others to ignore the sit-at-home order and go about their businesses from Monday, September 13.

Leakers Post recall, earlier this week obiano ordered banks, traders and transporters to commence complete and uninterrupted economic activities from Monday. The governor gave the order on Saturday after a meeting with stakeholders and members of the State Security Council. Heads of commercial business operations including markets and transport leaders were also at the meeting held at the governor’s lodge in the state. He urged residents of the state to ignore the Monday (weekly) sit-at-home order by the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). “The markets should open, if they do not open, I would sack the leadership of the market and shut the market. “Invisible voice says ‘sit at home?’ And, you just comply and loose money. You don’t know who says sit-at-home, you just loose money,” the governor said while addressing the business leaders.

He also urged them to help the government to solve the menace of continuous sit-at-home compliance. Governor Obiano said it is totally unacceptable as it has become inimical to the state’s economy. “You need to help us to solve this nonsense. It is absolute nonsense. That’s a warning. If you don’t do that, we will change your leadership,” the governor said. Governor Obiano also at the meeting welcomed the new Commissioner of Police, Tony Olotu, who will take over from the former CP, Chris Owolabi. The governor said his decision followed discussions with security agents and relevant stakeholders in the state. His directive was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Don Adinuba. The statement reads partly: ”All markets as well as motor parks and commercial vehicles are henceforth to operate fully every Monday and any other weekday except any day declared work-free by the appropriate authorities.

“Before Governor Willie Obiano led a meeting yesterday between heads of security agencies and bank executives in the state, including those from the Awka branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he had personally held frank and rewarding discussions with a large spectrum of leaders of the transport union and market association in Anambra State on why they had for the past five weeks been shutting down their businesses every Monday. “It is axiomatic that the good people of Anambra State and, indeed, the Southeast have for the past five weeks been grappling with a vicious cycle on a grand scale. Some pupils have missed terminal examinations, with all the grave implications for the competitiveness of the youngsters and for the future of our state.

“Since no responsible government can stand akimbo while the future of its people is destroyed gratuitously, Governor Obiano held useful discussions in the last couple of days with relevant groups with a view to freeing members to pursue their legitimate businesses. “After all, the leadership of the organization on whose instructions some persons claim to enforce the stay-at-home order has since rescinded the order.

“The Anambra State Government directive to banks, traders, transporters, other groups and individuals to resume full economic activity throughout the week with effect from Monday, September 13, 2021, was informed by the yearnings of these stakeholders.” The Governor assured people of the state of adequate security across the state on Monday.

IPOB had issued a sit-at-home order every Monday to protest the rearrest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. However, the pro-Biafra group reviewed the order, stressing that it would only be enforced whenever Kanu is to appear in court. Kanu is currently locked up by the Department of State Services, DSS, following his rearrest from Kenya.

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