Traders in the popular Ado market located along Abuja-Keffi express way, Karu Local Government Area, LGA, Nasarawa State have called on Governor Tanko Almakura to stop authorities of the council from carrying out its plans to commence demolition of the market tomorrow.
It would be recalled that Department of State Service, DSS, operative in the LGA had last week Friday summoned officials of the traders with a view to urging them to be law abiding ahead of Tuesday’s demolition exercise.
Worried by the planned demolition, Chairman Ado Traders Association, Leonard Aguigbo while briefing journalists on the matter, made a passionate appeal Governor Almakura to save them from what he described as imminent destruction of their businesses.
Since news of the exercise broke on September 14, 2015, it has become a source of anxiety to the traders. Nigerian Pilot gathered that there are over 216 shops in the market.
Aguigbo lamented that as bonafide occupants of the shops designated for demolition, they were not properly briefed by council on the impeding exercise, wondering why the council has reneged from the earlier agreement they had that, before embarking on demolition all parties involved will be adequately listened to.
“This issue of demolition first started when the former administration was on board. They called us and had meeting with us and we gave them our conditions. We demanded that they should relocate us and compensate the landlords. They said they will get back to us. Since then, they have not spoken a word to us, we thought they have re-considered their decision. Just for them, on October 14, to give us quit notice”, he said.
More worrisome according to the chairman is the collection of ground rent for 2015 which is ongoing despite the demolition notice.”They are collecting N7200 per shop and we have 216 shops here. The question is that, if they are demolishing this place why collect money, even giving new license to people again?” he queried.
He is calling on the governor to stop the illegal demolition of traders in Ado market until necessary procedures are met.

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