“Work is in progress on permanent site in Wasa.”
The auto parts sellers in Abuja have been assured that there is no plan to demolish their present shops in Apo District of the territory.
The Head of Public Relations, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Grace Zamani, gave the assurance while addressing the traders who staged pre-emptive protest on Tuesday.
She said the protest was not necessary.
She assured the traders that the land allocated to them in Wasa was going through due process.
“The problem has to do with communication. Work is in progress on the land in Wasa and we will hand it over to you when we conclude. Meanwhile, there is no plan to demolish the present site until you are properly relocated,” she said.
The spokesperson for the traders, Chime Ife, said that the protest was due to threat
by the Department to Development Control to demolish the market.
He said the traders had applied for an alternative space for the market which was granted but had not been handed over to them.
“They demolished our shops in Apo in 2006 and we had to move to a temporary site in the area. In 2011, we applied for an alternative land for our trade which was granted by the Minister while we remained in a temporary site in Apo. But a few weeks ago, they came to our temporary site without handing over the permanent site to us, that is why we are protesting,” he said.