The Amalgamated Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria, Enugu State branch, has appointed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as its patron.

The association said Ugwuanyi has identified with the association under trying moments more than any previous governor.

A statement by the spokesman, Awwal Yusuf, said the governor rebuilt the livestock market and rehabilitated the traders after the market was gutted by fire.

It added that during Ramadan, Ugwuanyi provides foodstuff for iftar to enable members break their fast together.

The statement reads: “The governor often joined us to do this though he is not a Muslim.

“Besides these, the governor so endeared himself to us that we see him as one of us. So in the recent meetings of trustees and members of the association’s executive committee, the governor was unanimously chosen as Patron-in-Chief of the state branch of the association.”

A letter conveying the appointment was signed by Alhaji Abubakar Isa (Chairman) and Basiru Adamu (Secretary).