Traders in Akwa Ibom State have lauded the leader of the 6th assembly of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly,Rt Hon.(Bar)Oniofiok Luke for always being at the frontline of passing and sponsoring laws and bill in favour of traders in the state, hinting that is a clear testimony of pragmatic and people oriented disposition.
The traders lauded the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Bar) Onofiok Luke, when the Akwa Ibom Trader Co-operative Association led by it president general and Special Assistant to the Governor on Trade and Market matters,Akparawa Idorenyin Raphael paid him a courtesy visit in the assembly.
The president general said they were in the assembly to honour and appreciate the speaker for his immense contributions, supports and love towards the traders in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking further , he said they were so delighted and honoured by the audience granted by the speaker, despite his numerous pressing activities and the short notice
On the successes of the state governor, Mr.Udom Emmanuel,Akpararwa Raphael said it was the leadership style of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly that has enable the state governor to achieve more in office amidst economic/political downturn in the state.
Earlier in his address, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Trade and Market matters, Akparawa Raphael, enumerated the achievement of the co-operative to include: *formation of organised and specified body in the numenclature of co-operative unions and societies for easy access of incentives meant for the traders.
*construction and commissioning of an ultra modern market site at Oruk Anan Local Government Area.
*Creating the office of the Special Assitant to the Governor on trade and market matters whose objective is also to help initiate medium for the disbursment of grant and loan .
On various challanges faced by traders as enumerated by the traders to include participation in certain government programs like inter-ministerial work, governmental contract supplies, establishment of a micro-finance bank, financial assistance to traders, call for harmoniazation of taxes, increased investment to trading sector, financial inclusion of small scale operatives,and many others.
In his remark, the Spaeker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. (Bar) Onofiok Luke, assured that the legislature will not relent in it effort to ensure that small and medium entreprises are given basic support by the house.
He further stressed that the 6th assembly will pay optimum attention to small and medium entreprises as they are said to be the authentic key to the growth of the economy of the state, and later appreciated them for the visit.
High point of the visit was the presentation of an award of ‘IDOREYIN MME ANYAM URUA’ to the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly courtesy of his immense contribution in developing trade and traders within the state.