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Association calls for speedy reconstruction of Jos Market

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The Plateau State Traders and Marketing Association has called for the speedy reconstruction of the Jos Main Market, Terminus, which was gutted by fire in 2002.

The ultra-modern market in addition to the inferno was also hit by a twin bomb blast in 2014, leading to its further dilapidation.

The state President of the association, Mr Uthman Dafaan, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos.

He said the gesture would help in addressing the massive roadside trading in the market and the risk of calamity such as accidents.

FELLOW PRESS recalls that the state government demolished the market in 2019 with the promise of an early reconstruction.

He urged the state government to allow traders evicted from the market to reoccupy it pending when the reconstruction would begin.

“The government should have an agreement with traders where they will occupy the market for one or two years pending when they will start the reconstruction work.

“This is necessary so that when it comes to evicting them for the work there will not be difficulties because the market has been locked with no ongoing work and the roadside is congested,” he said.

He also called for the establishment of fire service stations close to the terminus market and other markets in the metropolis, to ensure speedy response to distress calls.

He said the new market located in Jos North had fire incidences recently which were contained, adding that his association was collaborating with the fire service to train members for rapid response before their arrival.

“The fire service asked us to bring members for them to train on rapid response to fire before they arrive such locations which we did.

“They trained our members last year and also recently too. We thanked them for the gesture and are hopeful it will curb fire incidences in markets,” he said.

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