17 February 2013

Nigeria: Demolition Threat - Traders Appeal to Al-Makura

Petty traders along Mararaba-Keffi road in Nasarawa State have appealed to the executive governor of Nassarawa State, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to stop the evacuation of over 1,000 traders by the Nassarawa State Urban Development Board (NUDB).

Buhari Idris, Secretary General of Bread Sellers and Traders Association, Mararaba branch, who spoke to Sunday Trust said (NUDB) served them a notice of demolition on Friday asking them to vacate the their trading posts by the roadside within 24 hours from yesterday.

He appealed to Governor Al-Makura to fulfil the promise he made to traders in August 2012 that a new place would be provided for them before they would be chased away form the road.

"The governor met us at our business places when he came to inspect Aso road and promised to give us a new place before his government would pursue us.

"We don't know if his Excellency has changed his mind, but we are appealing to him to have pity on us and give us a place as he promised because we are family men who have many mouths to feed and we cannot afford to rent shops.

"We are law-abiding citizens, so for the meantime, we have asked our members to stay away from the place on Monday pending the decision of the governor," he said.

He added that leaders of the traders will today acknowledge to the police of their intention to stay away from the scene of the demolition.

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