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Don’t Build New Market On Malumfashi-Funtua Road, Traders Tell LG

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Members of the Amalgamated Traders Union in Katsina State have appealed to the state Governor, Alhaji Bello Masari, to prevail on the Malumfashi Local Government Council to stop the building of a new market on the Malumfashi-Funtua road.

The traders told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Malumfashi that the site of the new market would not be commercially viable.

Besides, the union Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Maifada, said that the new site was too far from the town and would expose the traders to security risks. The traders, who also urged the Malumfashi District Head, Justice Mamman Nasir, to intervene in the matter, pleaded with the council to relocate the market to a suitable place within the town.

The council Chairman, Alhaji Muktar Ammani, told NAN that he consulted with the various stakeholders before siting the new market at its present place.

Ammani explained that many individuals were approached to surrender their lands which were more-closer to the town but they refused.

He stressed that the council had offered N1 million per hectare of land for the purpose and they all declined the offer.

Ammani explained that the present place was not too far from the town, as claimed by the traders.

He attributed the present disagreement to political differences, as the project was conceived and executed by the immediate past administration.

Ammani added that the council intends to establish more business ventures that would contribute to enhance the development of the council area.

The council intends to build a new central motor park, a mechanic village, a truck garage, livestock and grain markets, as well as houses for the residents, he said.

Ammani said his administration had awarded a N65 million contract for the construction of the Malumfashi Local Government Secretariat because the old secretariat had become congested.