Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner

Elections: Nigerian traders, farmers demand politicians’ commitment

By Franca Ofili on 01/02/2019

Views: 385

• Some of the 2019 presidential candidates
• Some of the 2019 presidential candidates

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs) has urged politicians vying for different political positions to sign the Nigerian Farmers Manifesto and Nigerian Traders Charter of Demands.

The President of the association, Mr Ken Ukaoha, made the call in Abuja on Thursday during a Town Hall meeting with farmers, traders, representatives of political parties and candidates for the 2019 general election.

He said “we invited politicians to speak with members because past ones made promises that were not fulfilled; they come with different styles, even gave out money to people and after the election, we never saw them again.

“We want them to read the documents and then signed it for us so that we can hold them accountable when they fail to deliver the promises made.”

Ukaoha added that the farmers’ document advocated that 60 per cent of agriculture investment in budgets be dedicated to small scale farmers to help tackle food security in the country.

He said that the petition was articulated to ensure that agricultural policies were effectively targetted toward small-scale farmers.

He explained that different governments had talked about agriculture but not enough fund was allocated to the sector and called for revitalisation of the Agric Extension Service “so that the extension workers would help farmers on how to increase their yield.”

He said that the Traders Charter demanded for investigation on illegal seizure of traders’ goods and immediate design of the Nigerian Trade Policy

Other demands, he said, were: training and enlightenment for traders, harmonisation of taxes and charges in the markets, policy inclusion at all levels, transparency in the disbursement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) loans and other funds.

Ukaoha said that the document also demanded for transparency in the allocation of shops in markets, among others.

According to him, traders and farmers are the largest in Nigeria and they are the ones to come out in their hundreds to vote.

He said that the association had sensitised people, especially at the grassroots, to educate citizens on the effects of vote buying.

The National Woman Leader, NANTs, Mrs Ruth Agbo, who expressed concern over what she described as “political and social injustice to women”, acknowledged trade as the major focus of many women in Nigeria, emphasising the contributions of women traders to the economy.

She said that shops meant for traders were being bought over by the high in the society, making it difficult for poor traders to purchase.

Agbo, therefore, urged government to address the issue of double taxation which also affect traders a lot.

Mr Donald Duke, the Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, said that the problem of insecurity was non productivity.

Duke, who signed the charter, said that access to fund had been the problem of small business owners, and promised to address the issues of farmers and traders if elected into office.

He said that the land act needed to be updated to make acquisition visible.

Other candidates who signed the charter were: Mr Johnson Anene of SDP for Senate in the FCT, Hajiya Zainab Mohammed of Allied People Movement for House of Representatives in the FCT and Mr Marting Olagbegi for Vice President, Action Democratic Party, among others. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 01/02/2019 05:24:30 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
BREAKING: Buhari accepts N45.5m APC presidential forms bought...

Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany set to leave...

Money laundering: Court adjourns trial of Jonathan’s former...

NEMA undertakes needs assessment tour of Borno IDPs...

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, others sign new OPEC Charter...

Nigerian Online Publishers Association rebrands as GOCOP, seeks...

Olisa Metuh breathes air of freedom after meeting...

Weatherman predicts sunshine, hazy and cloudy conditions today...

Bauchi clears February and March salaries of verified...

Ejimofor warns against unchecked poor corporate governance

Falae’s abductors in police net

Ex-PDP Chairman defects to APC with 10,000 supporters...

 

Latest News Past leaders to face trial for economic sabotage — AGF Fatunmbi jailed in U.S for $8.3m healthcare fraud, fined $1m Anambra power tussle claims 3 lives Buhari to wade into Minimum Wage impasse Nigerian serial robber jailed in U.K Ogun: Abiodun, Amosun’s loyalists clash over control of APC Secretariat Woman sells own new born for N.5m in Imo EFCC arrests Kwara TV GM, 3 others over land fraud Germany attack: Ekweremadu gets hero’s welcome in Enugu Court orders FG to renew Shell’s licence Ex-wife, children of prominent U.S surgeon found dead in apparent murder-suicide FG deploys permanent secretaries to new ministries

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (530,428 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (439,127 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (384,106 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (323,263 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (290,824 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (251,517 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (246,393 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (233,755 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (228,356 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (214,586 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (193,346 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (191,250 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (98) Business & Economy (4,407) Business Verdict (79) Columnists (1,097) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (648) Features (796) Global Business Monitor (423) ICT Monitor (58) International (3,858) Interview (198) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (166) Maggie's Blog (387) News (50,341) Opinion (1,332) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,336) Religion (1,088) Sports (2,135) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera