Plateau: Cattle marketers urge govt to halt plan relocation of Kara market

The Bukuru Cattle Traders Association (BCTA), have appealed to the Plateau state government to halt plan demolition and relocation of the Kara cattle market in Jos South Local Government Area, of the state.

The cattle marketers, through their secretary, Hamza Ahmad Yusuf,flanked by other officials, made the appeal at a press conference held at their office in the market.

They recalled that the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), have without prior notice demolished the Kugiya market, adjacent to the Kara market, putting the people through untold hardships.

“Regrettably, a few days ago the unfortunate demolition exercise was taken to the popular Kugiya Market in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government of the State where many traders are still literally gnashing their teeth following the lost they suffered from the demolition,” they said.

The cattle marketers, said they are not challenging the government on its plan relocation, but expressed fears that relocating them to the outskirts of Bukuru metropolitan, like Gero village, Dura Du and others could expose them to dangers.

“…in view of the security challenges posing threats to our lives in the state in which the role of the government is to protect lives and properties and to promote the socio-econic wellbeing of its Citizens, we are appealing for consideration to our plight.

“We are using this opportunity to appeal to the government of Plateau to put on hold the recent rumors making the rounds that plans are on top gear to relocate the Kara Cattle Market from the Community that had been operational for over 80 Years now,” they appealed.

The marketers urged the Government through JMDB to temper justice with mercy and do the demolition within the confine of the law and to consider the harsh economic situation in the country, adding that the market is the only means of their livelihood

“The market also provides employment for people who load and off load goods and livestock like cattle, sheep, horses and goats and their feeds. These categories of daily workers will be put out of job if the market is relocated to a strange place, and above all not easily accessible to our children.

“It’s worthy to mention that those in the profession of Veterinary medicine, Pharmaceutical Stores, Chemists, Provision Shops, Food Vendors and many others will suffer business losses too,” they said.