By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Nasarawa State Market Bureau (NSMB) has announced the enforcement of the ban on roadside trading in the state by the state government.
Abdullahi Tanko Zubairu, the Director General of Bureau, who stated this, said it is in line with the existing law in the state forbidding street trading across major towns of the state.
However, Zubairu explained that the ban on roadsides trading, especially in Lafia, the state capital, was to ensure that traders carrying out such activities in the streets of the Lafia metropolis were relocated to the Kwandare ultra-modern market in Lafia, which was built with funds accessed through bond but unfortunately lying empty.
“The Kwandare ultra-modern market was built with a bond which the state government collected, and the market should not be left empty. The relocation of such categories of traders to the market will provide decent and peaceful marketing activities in the state,” he said.
He denied that traders of the Alamis market were being forced by the state government agencies to relocate to the ultra-modern market.
“Nobody forced them to relocate. Not everybody will move to the ultra-modern market from the Alamis market,” he said.
“Officials of the Alamis market had approached the market bureau requesting for space in the ultra-modern market when they stated that some Alamis market traders wanted to leave trading by the roadsides. Consequently, the officials agreed that by November 1, 2019, those affected traders will move to the ultra-modern market.”
Zubairu explained that there are three categories of traders who would move to the ultra-modern market, which include the Ochanja market traders, Grain Store traders and the Alamis market traders.
He said the government has paid compensation to the affected traders.