Traders in Enugu are in love with their governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

On Thursday, the traders in three major markets in Enugu closed their businesses in compliance with the directive of Enugu State Amalgamated Traders Association (ESMATA).

The association said the closure of business was to hold a solidarity rally in support of Ugwuanyi for transforming Enugu state, in spite of the economic challenges in the country.

ESMATA President-General, Temple Ude had, in a statement issued on Thursday, directed that all markets in the state to be shut in order to celebrate Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support to traders and delivering good governance in the state.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN who monitored the major markets, reports that there was total compliance at Ogbete and Kenyatta Industrial Markets.

However, some traders who sell perishable commodities such as Ugu leaves, tomatoes, pepper, onions and meat, among others, displayed their goods at the entrance of Ogbete Market.

Ude said that the traders, had in a unanimous decision, decided to organise the rally in appreciation of the governor’s empowerment programme.

According to him, the empowerment programme is designed to assist traders grow their businesses and improve their fortunes as well as stimulate the state’s economy.

“The traders are grateful to the governor for his empowerment programme, in which 100 lucky traders win N50,000 every month through a transparent raffle draw,” Ude said.

Governor Ugwuanyi recently initiated the monthly empowerment scheme tagged “Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme”, to assist them grow their various businesses for the socio-economic development of the state.