The Chairman, Iriebe Chippings Dealers Association (ICDA), Comrade Christopher Obilor has appealed to the government, individuals and local contractors in the construction industry in the state to continue patronize the Chipping dealers in Iriebe community to boost and promote local businesses in the area.
Comrd. Obilor who made the appeal in an exclusive chat with newsmen at the association office in Iriebe, Obio Akpor Local Government Area said the chippings dealers in the area have the capacity to satisfy users with adequate quantities of the materials at any point of demand within and outside the state.
According to the Chairman, chippings association in the area have been enjoying patronage from the local companies and individuals in the state and expressed their willingness and readiness for more customer patronages in the business.
Comrd.Obilor who applauded members of the association for their support in achieving the peace and unity prevailing in the body, noted that the association has become more united under his leadership.
He further stated that his leadership has in the past two years been able to acquire two plots of land for the union while another 46 plots of land which the union acquired from Iriebe Community but which for years have been a subject of litigation have been recovered for the union under his leadership.
“We are presently renovating our union hall which has a church auditorium attached to it and in no distant time, maybe before the end of the year, we will open it officially,” the chairman declared.
On the future of the association, Comrd. Obilor emphasized that the association has been undergoing reorganization and harmonization of its leadership, adding that with the expansion in membership, the organisation will in no distant time grow to become one of the biggest trade unions in Rivers State.
The Chippings Dealers Chairman attributed the problems of frequent disagreement among most trade union members in the country to self interest of leaders, stating that accountability, credible leadership succession processes remain the panacea for stability in associations. He claimed, he has been able to use the meager funds generated from normal ticket fees paid by the members to sustain the union since assuming office.
“We are already strategizing towards acquiring another 200 plots of land for our union inside Iriebe Community. By the grace of God, before one more year, many people will hear from us. I believe my members will always remember and appreciate my contributions and the achievements I have made during my leadership”, Comrd. Obilor emphasized.
The Chairman who described the relationship between the union and their host Community as cordial said the union usually and regularly reaches out to the community whenever the need arises, through their traditional Rulers and Chiefs stressing that the union on yearly basis extends incentives to them. “We know what they desire and we always do it’.