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Minna Building Material Dealers Demand Completion Of Second Market

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Building Materials Dealers Association in Niger State has appealed to the state government to complete the second phase of the building materials market to accommodate more of its members. 

The group is also pleading with the government to intervene in traders’ plight, particularly the building material dealers as majority of them find it difficult to pay for shops which rent is far above the capital base they use in doing their business.

The call is coming against the backdrop of threats and harassment of members by the relevant government agencies over their continued stay within the metropolis instead of the new Mamman Kontagora Building Materials Market, along the Goodluck Jonathan’s place, Minna, the state capital.

The building material dealers, speaking through theirchairman, Chief Paul Okpara, expressed regrets over what they go through almost on a daily basis to survive in the face of harsh economic situation in the country.

Okpara lamented that many of his kinsmen have no shops to display their wares since their forced relocation from Sabon-Gari and other parts of Minna metropolis to the new market about a year ago because the available number of completed shops is not enough for all members.

While commending the former state Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, for his administration’s development agenda that gave Minna metropolis a befitting outlook, Okpara expressed regrets that the high cost of shops at the new market has further compounded the problems of the traders.

Okpara congratulated the new Governor, Sani Bello, for emerging victorious and successfully taking over of the mantle of leadership from his predecessor.

He believes, however, that the Governors’ urgent intervention in constructing more shops will go a long way in giving his people a sense of belonging.

“We know that the state government has tried but more

ameliorating measures are needed in order to accommodate the larger

percentage of commoners among the building material dealers in the state,” Okpara added.

According to the building material dealers’ association, “The completion of the 2nd phase of the Mamman Kontagora Building Materials Market is essential for total relocation of all.