Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has ordered civil servants in the state to resume normal activities from Monday, April 4th 2022. Including all market activities, banks, motor parks and schools.
Since the resumption of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, the group had commanded that all businesses, schools and other activities be shutdown every Monday. This has caused people to include Saturdays as work days as replacement for Mondays.
Soludo said, “Every Monday sit-at-home must end in Anambra. Normal activities must resume in earnest. With the Monday sit-at-home, the South-East economy is sinking gradually. When you boycott activities in Anambra or any other part of the region, normal activities are going on in other parts of the country.”
“When normal activities are going on in other places, the person or persons you want to show your anger to is not actually feeling what you are doing. You are only destroying your home.”
“It is high time we came back to our senses and do the right thing. We have proper ways and procedures to express our agitations than to engage in activities that can only destroy our home.”
“In other parts of the country, school children attend classes for five days; but in Anambra and other parts of the South-East, it is only four days. At the end of the day, our children will go into common or unity exams with other children from other parts of the country.”
“Today, many businesses and investors are relocating to Asaba and other places. This is killing our economy and we cannot afford to continue that way.”
“Personally, I endorsed the joint decision of Igbo elders, bishops and others that there should be a tripartite conversation about the issue of Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra agitation. Therefore, we must do things the right way; while we await such conversation.”
“Therefore, with effect from Monday, April 4, 2022, every school, bank, market, motor pack and other human activities will resume in earnest. Any market leader who fails to mobilise traders in his market will be sanctioned; and any trader who fails to open his shop for business every Monday will also face sanction. School heads and operators of financial institutions should also take note.”
“On our part as government, we are mobilizing security agencies, including the armed forces and informal security organizations to take charge, and to move all over the state to ensure that lives and property of our people are protected. Very soon, our people will start seeing the heavy presence of the security operatives,” Soludo added.
By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa