Petty traders who sell various wares under the cracked decking of a section of Jos Terminus Market have returned to the burnt building following the recent fire incident that engulfed the remaining section of the market last month.
PREMIUM TIMES recently reported that fire had engulfed the remaining section of the market where second hand clothes and other wares were sold. Properties worth millions of naira were said to have been burnt.
When this paper visited the market area on Wednesday, it found that traders whose temporary shops were burnt have again defied death trap of the cracked building and began to reconstruct their shops with timber under the cracked building in preparations to return for business.
Most of the traders are small scale traders who squeeze into spaces to transact their petty businesses.
Despite the danger that the building poses on the lives of people, this paper witnessed that the area is so congested that even movement is quite difficult.
When contacted on the matter, the state Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Luka Madaki, said, “we have observed that during our last visit to the market; the place is not safe for people to transact any kind of business.”
“Beyond that, I want you to take this very clear, the petty traders moved to the area without government permission. They moved there on their own. For people’s lives and further destruction, the government is taking proactive measures to prevent anything that may become disastrous in that area. The government will soon take a reinforcement to vacate them out so that nothing disastrous happens there,” he added.
The commissioner however reiterated the government’s commitment to rebuild the market very soon
“Very soon the government would rebuild the market,” he said.