Bauchi Central Market Leaders Back Govt’s Eviction Of Street Traders

INFOMEDIA – Following the decision of the Bauchi State government to relocate traders operating small scale businesses on the streets of the Bauchi Central Market, the State Central Market Traders and Artisans Association has thrown its weight behind the decision of the state government, saying it is a good step in the right direction.

Recall that the government had given a 48-hour notice to the small scale traders to quit the place and relocate to the new place allocated to them at Muda Lawal Market as a result of the traffic congestion caused on roads around the Central Market.

The affected traders protested against the decision and obtained a court order restraining the government from evicting them from the Central Market area.

Reacting to the development, the leaders of the Market, while addressing journalists on the matter in Bauchi, the State capital, said the government’s decision to relocate the traders was not meant to witchhunt them but to decongest the market.

The Treasurer of the Association, Alhaji Zubairu Ahmed, who spoke at the press conference, insisted that the Market is too congested and not passageable in view of the too many kiosks and stalls put indiscriminately on the streets and at the gates of the markets, a situation that has made it difficult for vehicles to get access into the market.

“The government had given the affected businessmen notices more than three times to relocate to the new place designated for them but they have failed to evacuate their kiosks, stalls and goods in it.

“Three months is enough for the evicted traders to move to the permanent site provided free of charge by the government,” he said.

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