By Donald Iorchir
Chairman of Gudu Amalgamated Traders Association (GATA), Chief Bond Nnamani, has bagged the Ambassador of Peace award offered by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).
Presenting the award, the Nigeria Secretary-General of UPF, Dr. Raphael Okor, said the choice of Chief Nnamani was for the recognition of his peace initiatives at the market.
Okor said the organisation, which, according to him, is committed to building bridges of peace across all religious and ethnic groups, settled for the Gudu market boss “as another way to encouraging him for more good works.”
According to him, “the ideal of peace is at the core of all religions through dialogue and mutual understanding; peace among groups is a necessary pre-requisite for peace.”
He noted that “if peace is embraced by all, there would be more rapid developments across all levels.”
It would be recalled that Gudu market, for some years, had faced internal crisis before the emergence of the Nnamani as the chairman.
Blueprint gathered that with the election of Nnamani over seven months ago, peace had restored in the market.
Speaking, Nnamani dedicated the award to all the traders at the market, even as he assured them of his readiness to engender more peace and tranquility.
He urged the traders to support his team to enable it to ensure that the relative peace that had been restored was sustained.
The chairman appealed to the Minister of the FCT, Muhammadu Bello, to make provision for more infrastructure and shops, saying that the 600 shops in the market were not enough for the traders.