The new president of the Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association, Comrade Chinedu Ukatu.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association, the umbrella body of major market associations in Lagos has elected a new president and filled 14 other positions to pilot the affairs of the association for the next three years.
Delivering his acceptance speech shortly after the official swearing in of all the elected members into the various offices, Comrade Chinedu Ukatu( fcism, MLasmac , Dip lat), the new President commended the electoral officers for conducting a peaceful, free and fair election.
The election took place at the National Secretariat of the Association in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos and the result was accepted by over 95% of the members.
The new President won with a simple majority of votes cast while his opponent Ambassador Charles Okafor came second. Speaking in an interview Comrade Ukatu said “I and my elected members will hit the ground running and we will deliver on all our campaign promises”.
The outgoing president (left) handing over to the incoming, (right).
Comrade Chinedu Ukatu who is a member of the Lagos State Market Advisory Council said “All sectors of the various parts of Nigeria will soon know that there’s an association called Ndigboamaka. We will make sure that we have representatives at the Federal government level who will protect the interests of the traders . We are seeking to be among the policy makers”.
Earlier in his speech the outgoing President of NIdigoamaka, Chief Dr Jude Ringo Okeke while expressing his gratitude for the opportunity given to him to serve said that he has full confidence in the new Presiden who had served as his secretary.
He urged all other elected members to cooperate with the Comrade Ukatu led executive, stressing that they should not abandon the Secretariat for the President alone.
Other members elected into the various offices are Nze Marcel Okezue Vice President, Chief Tony Okeke as Secretary General, Mr. Africanus Ogudoro as Assistant Secretary General, Mr Clement Molokwu as Financial Secretary, Mr. Charles Okafor as Treasurer . Comr. Obinna Obichukwu as P.R.O. Mr Marcel Ozonweke as Assistant P.R.O., Mr Ejike Metu as Organizing Secretary, Mr. Augustine Omenyi as Chief Welfare . Mrs Ifeoma Azike won as Welfare, Mr.Ezekonna Rufus as Director of Contact & Mobilization, MR Ifediora Ifesimeke as Chief Provost.
Mr Arinze Egwuatu won as Provost 2
The new Executives were immediately sworn in by the legal Adviser Barr Ewelaku.
The President Hon Comrade Chinedu Ukatu in his acceptance also appointed 2 Zonal Cordinators , Namely Hon Vincent Ikwueze who will be Zonal Cordinator for Zone 2 which comprises Alaba Intl market and environ. Mr Dennis igboanugo who will be the Zonal cordinator for Zone 3 been Agric Coker / abule ado/ odun ade/ Coker and environs.
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