The Ogige Market Amalgamated Traders Association of Nsukka (OMATAN), Enugu State, has elected Mrs. Ngozika Ozioko, as its first female chairman since the inception of the market.
Ozioko, popularly called Mama G was the lone candidate in the election after four chairmanship candidates were disqualified by the OMATAN caretaker committee over “inability of the candidates to agree on mode of conducting the election”.
The new chairman said her election was made possible by God and promised to carry all traders along in order to ensure harmony in the market.
“I see the hand of God in my winning the chairmanship position of OMATAN election.
“It was the disqualification of four chairmanship candidates by the OMATAN caretaker committee over the inability of candidates to agree that provided me the opportunity to contest.
“So to ensure harmony in the market every trader will be carried along on programs and activities,” she said.
She said the hallmark of her administration would be based on open door policy as well as opened to constructive criticism which according to her would help move the market forward.
“I will ensure transparency, accountability and honesty in all my decisions and actions.
“I will also ensure adequate security in the market as well as ensure good welfare of traders,” she said.
The newly elected OMATAN chairman said she would consolidate on the numerous achievements of her predecessor, Mr. Festus Onogwu, who she said achieved much for the market during his tenures.
“It was his achievements and good leadership in four years that earned him second tenure.
“I urge traders in Ogige market to give me the same support and cooperation they gave Onogwu that helped him to record many achievements,” she said.
Daily Times learnt that the caretaker committee which conducted the election was constituted by the Enugu State Government and had as its chairman the Nsukka Local Government Area Transitional Committee Chairman, Prof. Rose Onah, Police Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer, Civil Defense Commandant, Director of State Security Service and the two legislators representing Nsukka West and East in Enugu State House of Assembly.