Akwa Ibom traders disband oppressive market unions 

The Akwa Ibom State Traders Association (AISTA) under the leadership of Akparawa Idorenyin Raphael, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Market Matters has taken steps to end forceful market unions in the state.

During a tour of Urua Akpan Andem and Urua Mbakara markets in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene LGAs Monday, Raphael stated that no trader should be forced to join a market union as such act is punishable by law.

He stated that a law was passed a month ago making union membership voluntary and warned that bullying would not be tolerated..

Raphael also announced that traders are free to sell their products in the market any day they choose, without restrictions, and that sharing of market days would be discontinued.

He addressed the issue of ticketing in Akpan Andem market, promising to work with the market management to find a solution.

In Ikot Ekpene, Raphael commended the absence of union or ticketing in the market and reiterated that no one should be forced to join a market union. 

He also announced the Governor’s plan to build an international market in Ikot Ekpene and revealed that N1.5 billion interest-free loans have been released to traders, with N500 million allocated to each Senatorial district.

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