Governor Diri Dissolves all Leadership Positions in Swali Market

The Bayelsa state government has intervened in the leadership crisis among traders in the Swali ultramodern market in Yenagoa, the state capital.
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Governor Douye Diri announced the dissolution of all caretaker committees and other leadership positions in Swali during a meeting held in Government House with some traders.
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The governor directed the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment to take charge of all activities at the market while setting up a committee to resolve the crisis.

The committee is headed by the Technical Adviser on Conflict Resolution, Chief Boma Spero-Jack and other members with a mandate to address the dispute over a new leadership of the Traders Union.

The committee is also expected to review and possibly draft a new constitution that is in tandem with the regulations of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment.

Governor Diri noted that the provisions of the constitution of the market union were inconsistent with the regulation of the supervisory ministry and therefore is null and void.

He described as illegal the security levies paid by the traders and directed the Special Adviser on Security to ensure adequate security around the market.

The governor advised the traders to abide by the rules and regulations of the state government, focus on their business and not meddle in party politics.

He pointed out that Swali market is a major revenue generating source for the state hence his administration would not fold its arms and watch those with other motives disturb the smooth running of the market.

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