All Progressives Congress, APC, in Niger State yesterday expressed dismay over alleged abandonment of N1.8billion project to relocate Madalla market in Suleja Local Government Area of the state, saying as a result the lives of traders were being exposed to danger as the market lie along Kaduna-Abuja express way.
This is contained in a statement issued in Minna by the party’s publicity secretary, Mr Jonathan Vatsa who said “we are worried that despite collecting N1.8 billion loan to build the ultra modern market, the government of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu in Niger State has refused to understand the danger of the market still being located along the high way of Abuja – Kaduna”.
The party pointed out that it was disturbed by the insensitivity of the government despite collecting such huge amount of money for the purpose of relocating the market for an ultra modern design.
But in a swift reaction by Governor Aliyu’s chief press secretary, Mr. Israel Ebije said that the Niger State APC’s allegation indicting the administration of Governor Aliyu over alleged abandoning of the Madalla market near Zuba was spurious and “election motivated blackmail” by the party.
He accused the APC of unproved attack on the person of Governor Aliyu to score cheap political points, adding that the N1. 8billion allegedly collected for relocation only exists in the pessimistic mind of the APC.
“There was a consortium that indicated interest in contracting the Madalla new market which was relocated across the road. The stake of Niger State government was the land which was provided with a Certificate of Ocupancy, C of O. Niger State government was also to help in supervising the project.
“Niger APC should provide papers where Niger State government under the Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu administration collected N1.8billion for the market. It is indeed worrisome for a political party to engage itself on errand of cheap blackmail to achieve electoral value.”
Vatsa stated that there was no gain saying that the market had severally witnessed fatal accidents ranging from tankers veering into the market and most times set the people and their wares ablaze.
He therefore urged the government to give the people of the state cogent reasons for this insensitivity and callous neglect of the people who daily try to keep the economy of the state going.