Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has encouraged traders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to collaborate closely with FCT Minister Nyesom Wike in order to bring about positive transformation in the region,leadership reports.

Former Kano State governor Ganduje specifically appealed to the business community to join forces with Minister Wike to create a conducive environment for commercial activities within the bustling metropolis of Abuja.

Ganduje conveyed this message during a meeting with a delegation from the Arewa Traders Association at the APC national secretariat in Abuja. He expressed confidence in Wike’s competence, citing his previous experience in managing the city of Port Harcourt and his current mandate to oversee the FCT.

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“I urge you to cooperate with him so that he can establish a favorable environment for commercial activities in the mega city of Abuja,” Ganduje emphasized. He noted that security was a top priority for Wike, and improvements in transportation and lighting in Abuja would benefit traders greatly.

“As traders, you understand the importance of transportation in the city, and with improved lighting, trading can take place at night if there is adequate illumination throughout Abuja,” Ganduje added.

Assuring the traders that the APC would involve them in its activities, Ganduje promised, “We have taken note of your request; as a political party, we will also engage you in our political activities. There are upcoming elections in November in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi States, and traders in those states will be engaged actively in the election process.”

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Alhaji Adam Hassan Ibrahim, appealed to the national chairman to consider appointing members of their group to government positions and committees. He highlighted the importance of their association in economic and political contributions and requested support due to economic challenges brought about by factors like the COVID-19 pandemic, fuel subsidy removal, exchange rate fluctuations, and insecurity in various parts of the country. He also urged governors to prioritize traders’ activities to stimulate economic growth and reduce hardship and insecurity in their respective states.


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