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Plateau Traders drum up Support for Decision To Rebuild Terminus Market by Gov Lalong

The Association of Dynamic Traders in Plateau State has said they are in support of the decision by the Plateau State governor, Hon. Simon  Lalong to demolish, reconstruct and rebuild the Jos Terminus Market.

Rwas Eric Gyang, the Chairman of Association of Dynamic Traders in Plateau state in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday  reads that "We are in support of this decision because this is the first time that an administration has been able to define in basic terms the right remedy for the burnt down Terminus Market since it was razed in 2001."

The statement reads that "A previous administration in the state had toyed with the idea of renovating the structure by merely replacing destroyed and weak pillars but this had failed while another administration came with the idea of totally pulling it down to clear the entire place but this also could not be achieved."

"The decision of the current governor to remove the scraps weak components and at the same time raise modern structures to build a commercial hub is the product of deep and innovative thinking which must be encouraged."

"We are led to support this idea because it will make Jos, the Plateau State capital a mini Dubai with modern shops and magnificent edifices that would attract tourists to the state."

 "As businessmen and entrepreneurs, we recognize the role of capital in driving a commercial venture hence we are not dazed by the amount estimated to carry out the work but are satisfied with the explanation given by the governor on how he intends to achieve this and the N1.1bn earmarked for the project."

"At this juncture, we will like to sound a strong note of warning to those who did not understand the concept of the project and the amount earmarked to achieve it but are twisting the narrative to make it look like the entire sum is for demolition."

Traders in Plateau State are prepared to support anything that will be for the general good of the people of the state and we make bold to state that it is our estimation that rebuilding the Terminus Market with the introduction of four other component is a laudable idea that would serve the interest of the people of the state.

We will like to call the attention of the people of the state and beyond to the explanation given by the governor that he sees the need to rebuild the market because it has been the main source of revenue for the government which would help in addressing the challenges of the state by earning more revenue for the government especially now that it wants to be able to pay the new minimum wage.

Hence the N1.1bn cannot be for demolition of worn out components but includes the reconstruction of the market and we must all support this great idea.

We call on the contractors to expedite action on the demolition so that the process can begin for the people to reap the benefits therein.

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