Bauchi Government ejects, relocates marketers to new GSM village as few kick against relocation, claims inadequate security


The new GSM village

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

After days of arguments between authorities of Bauchi State Urban Planning under the State Development Board (SDB) and a section of the leadership of the Phone Sellers popularly called ‘Container’, the marketers have been forcefully ejected and relocated to the new Permanent site while the old place has been demolished. 
The marketers had resisted all entreaties on them to peacefully relocate to the new site close to the Muda Lawal market in the metropolis claiming lack of security, enough lock-up shops to keep their wares as well as non official commissioning by the State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir. 
But the Urban Planning office insisted that the new modern complex has been fully built and completed directing the phone sellers to move in order to decongest the Wunti market area as well as give way for further development of a new lock up stalls on the space. 
On Tuesday, the marketers resisted the forceful move to eject them a development that made the SDB officials to retreat but warned that the marketers should remove all their wares as it will not rescind its decision to demolish the structure which are makeshifts. 
Following dialogue with a section of the GSM village leadership, the marketers later moved their wares to the new location paving way for the SDB authorities to demolish the old container thereby reducing drastically, congestion in the area. 
It will be recalled that Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir had when he paid a sympathy visit to the old market when it was gutted by midnight inferno approved the construction of a modern phone village at the old works office close to the Muda Lawal market approving the sum of N25m for the project. 
Some of the affected people who spoke to our Correspondent described the development as a welcomed development considering the wide enough space they have at the new site which they believe will make it easier and convenient for them and their customers. 
However, a few of the marketers opposed the relocation claiming that the new place is hidden from the public a development they claimed will negatively affect their business but said that they have no option since government has forcefully ejected and relocated them. 

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