Member of the Onitsha Bridgehead market caretaker committee, Anambra State, Chief Bonaventure Ucheagwu on Tuesday, alleged that 90 percent of crisis in the market was caused by government functionaries for their selfish interests.
He said until power was wrestled from certain individuals at seat of power and placed on transition committee chairmen in the 21 local Government Areas of the State, government would continue to lose huge amount of money.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, Ucheagwu, who doubles as chairman, Stakeholders/Leaders of Thought, Onitsha South Local Government Area said Local Government chairmen were familiar with all markets, number of shops and money expected from each of the markets.
He said, “Those at Awka are only interested in what they will benefit from markets and that is the major market problem. They don’t know anything about market affairs.
“The Local Government chairmen are close to the grassroot and know every market and number of shops in the markets and amount of money to generate from each market.
“If the chairmen are responsible for the appointment of those that will work in the markets, the revenue base of the State will increase because they know all in the markets.
“Scores of shops were given approval by these functionaries without knowing even the location of the shops and quality of materials used because they are based in Awka but the man at the local Government is with the traders and could easily detect inferior materials and unapproved shops.”
Ucheagwu who claimed to have been in the market for over 30 years, regretted that, “government money goes to private purse because those appointed in market affairs are not only selfish but do not know anything about market affairs.”