Two new ultra-modern markets are to be built in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, by the Kogi State Government to complement the existing International market in the area.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Physical Development, Mr. Mohammed Sule, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja, said that the two markets, one of which would be sited in Ganaja and the other in Dogondaji areas of Lokoja, were expected to accommodate traders who could not secure stalls at the international market.
He said that construction work on the projects would commence soon, adding that trading activities would henceforth be restricted to markets and shops.
Sula therefore gave street traders in Nataco, Ganaja Junction, Felele, old market and post office areas one week to vacate the areas.
He also described as unfortunate, the March 9 accident at Felele market which claimed several lives and destroyed about 19 vehicles, saying “we do not want that to happen again”.
Furthermore, he stated: “Because we did not have a standard market before now, people resorted to selling everywhere they found space, even along the highways, but that is going to change from now.”
“Illegal structures are being removed. Infact, we have started removing abandoned vehicles and containers along with make shift structures attached to houses of residence,” the commissioner stated.
Sule also hinted that sites for relocation of mechanics and spare parts dealers had been identified and would soon be cleared, pointing out that, it would be completed before the end of the year, even though the project is capital intensive, he posited.