Donkey Dealers Cries Out As Fuel Hike Grounds Business In Ebonyi

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Traders at the popular donkey market in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi state, said the recent fuel subsidy removal and the attendant hike in the petroleum price has impacted negatively in their business, calling on the federal government to urgently roll out palliative to cushion the negative effect created by the fuel hike.

Alhaji Salisu Yinusa, (SPINA) leader of the Hausa community in the market, disclosed this during interaction with newsmen at the donkey Market.

Alhaji Salisu avarred that the Hausa community in Ohaukwu are very counscious of security and always ready to collaborate with the host community to combat insecurity that may arise at the donkey market. 

He commended Ebonyi state Governor, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru for appointing security aide who has so far assured Hausa community residing in Ohaukwu of adequate security and protection of their respective businesses at Nkwo Market, Ezzangbo.

"Increment of fuel price is the major problem that is affecting our business in the recent time. 

"The increment has made transporters to add money and because of this, the local market buyers no longer patronize us effectively due to increase price of donkey,therefore, making our customer to reduce" he said. 
According to the Hausa community leader, he revealed that the arrival of Chief Nwifuru has made his people not to fear for any form of intimidation, molestation and harrassement they had being facing. 

Speaking on the planned reconstitution of Muslim Pilgrimage Board in the state, Alhaji Saliisu appealed to State Governor to accommodate the Hausa Community in the donkey market Ezzamgbo, as they have been of great support to the successive government in the area of timely remittance of internally generated revenue (IGR), peace building and active participation in the political processes in the state.

He assured that the Hausa Community in Ezzamgbo will continue to support and partner with the Government of Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru to take the state to greater height.

He appealed to the state government and  Ohaukwu Council Chairman, Hon Ikechukwu Odono to help address the issue of water scarcity in the market which he describe as a big problem that affect business activities at the donkey market.

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