The Anambra State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Obinna Ngonadi, has fired the Interim Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ogbaru Relief Market, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Chief David
Obidike and his secretary, Mr Donatus Udoekwe, for alleged involvement in the construction of illegal
structures in the market.
They were replaced as chairman and secretary by Chief Daniel Ogbogu and Mr. Nnanna Nnanna, while other members of the sacked Obidike-led committee were retained.
Ngonadi expressed displeasure with the way some market leaders disobeyed government directives, noting that the sacked market leaders were sanctioned over illegal structures having been earlier warned during their inauguration on May 25, 2022, to refrain from illegal and substandard constructions in their markets without government recommendations and approvals.
They were also warned about the consequences of being obstinate leaders, which included removal and replacement.
The Anambra commissioner explaining that the officials were sanctioned over the illegal structures, said, “The two leaders were removed from their positions because they were involved in erecting over 19 structures inside the market within three months of assumption of office, collecting huge sums as bribe from developers without informing other executive members working with them.
“I have requested that the two appear before me with three documents: Anambra State Physical Planning Board-approved building plans, a recommendation letter from the Ministry, and the number of shops constructed.”
“The duo flatly refused, and the rest of the market’s executive members also petitioned that they were not involved in the conspiracy and that the Chairman’s leadership style is autocratic.”
In response to the minor reshuffle, the new market chairman thanked the state government for considering him worthy and pledged to work in accordance with the state government’s guidelines and directives.
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