Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 January 2013

Nigeria: Wuse Market Traders Want Election of Representatives Upheld

Some traders at Wuse Market Wednesday called on the Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) to recognize traders they elected as block representatives.

The traders, who are presently in disagreement with the market's management over amounts charged for service charges and electricity, were called for a meeting at the market's premises to resolve the issue.

Coordinator of the market's block representatives, Prince Chinedu Agabaenwere, said AMML and traders of the market mandated him to organize traders in order to have a common front to speak on their behalf on issues affecting them in the market.

He said each block in the market held elections to choose their representatives and the names of the elected officials were submitted to AMML.

According to him, the representatives will act as the link between traders and AMML in order to resolve issues such as service charges, electricity bills and prepaid meter.

He said such group is meant to represent the traders in meetings with AMML and report back to traders instead of forming stakeholders to represent them, which cannot stand.

The coordinator, who is also the head of the market's cooperative appealed to traders to accept the 30 percent increment in service charges after a review by AMML in order not to prolong the issue. He equally called for a fair sharing of the electricity bill which amounts to about N7 million among everybody or organization that uses electricity in the market.

Agabaenwere commended the Public Complaints Commission for its efforts in resolving the crisis and also called on traders in the market to submit their proof of payment for prepaid meters so that he can meet the relevant government agency over the issue.

AMML's Manager in the market, Ibrahim Suleiman denied that they gave anybody mandate to organize traders. He said AMML only told the traders they had a meeting with to organize themselves.

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