By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka
Few days to the general election, the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), FCT Chapter, has urged its members to play by the rules in the forth coming general elections and shun any acts that could mar the election.
The chapter chairman, Prince Edozie Chika Ugwu, said during the 2019 Nigerian Traders Summit in Abuja that the body has directed its members nationwide to vote for candidates that agree to promote the welfare of traders, and urged INEC to conduct a free, fair, transparent, and credible elections.
He explained that the summit was to assemble traders within the FCT and environs to discuss matters peculiar to traders and to impress upon their members to vote only for candidates that would promote commerce in the country.
“We urged the federal government to bring traders into their cabinet and they should bring someone who is a real trader. A real trader should be the minister of trade and investment,” he said.
He equally urged banks to a round table with traders and resolve bottlenecks associated with loan and repayment.
“I tell you banks are not friendly to traders. If they are, they should carry us along with their policies, we sit down together discuss how this money will be given to traders and collected back. If they do this, I think there will be no problem”.
he urged the Central Bank to play its primary role of regulating the problems between traders and money banks so as to promote SMEs and small holder businesses.
The organisation’s Woman Leader, Mrs. Rachael Adewumi also speaking, appealed to the government to make available soft loans through NANTS so that such funds will be monitored to ensure purposeful usage.