Traders at the popular post office market in Maiduguri, yesterday lamented the loss goods worth millions of naira following government’s demolition of illegal structures on all major roads in Borno.
Some of the traders who spoke to newsmen, expressed shock, adding that the government did not give them adequate notice before such action was taken. They claimed this had worsened their condition apart from the trauma of insurgency.
One of the traders, Mallam Ibrahim Yusuf said that government should have given them adequate notice, in addition to provision of alternative location before embarking on the exercise.
“Government should have provided alternative location before driving us out. One of us just acquired a shop here for N2.5 million before this demolition. A lot of people are feeding from here. We have relations, wives, children and other dependants who feed from us,” said Ibrahim Yusuf.
He appealed to government to provide another location to ease the suffering of those affected
Salisu Babajide who owns a photo studio and a business centre which were also affected, wondered how government would carry out such an exercise with only a week’s notice.
“We have been in this place for years doing business without any problem. Even at the peak of insurgency, majority of us stood behind the state ensuring its development,” he stated.