In the aftermath of a demolition exercise that displaced numerous traders from an undeveloped land behind the Area 1 Shopping Complex in Abuja, the Chairman of the Kilishi Traders Association has appealed to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to provide them with an alternative place to conduct their business.
The Kilishi market, initially designated as a parking area to support the shopping complex based on the revised 2018 FCT masterplan, was demolished following a notice issued by Muktar Galadima, the FCTA Director of Development Control.
Lawali Abubarka, Chairman of the Kilishi Traders Association, expressed his appeal, stating, “I was in Zamfara when I heard about the demolition.
Traders Appeal to Minister for Alternative Location
We discussed it with the market management, and they expressed their intention to organize the area for us, which we agreed to. If the government promises to relocate us after they finish their work, the demolition can be seen differently.”
Abubarka emphasized the importance of Kilishi as their primary source of income, with many traders exporting beef jerky to various countries. He added that they consistently paid their monthly dues to the government, even before their stalls were demolished.
The Chairman highlighted the variable nature of the Kilishi business, with profits ranging from substantial to modest on bad days. He also noted that many traders exported Kilishi to countries such as Canada, the UK, the United States, and Dubai.
Stakeholders in the complex, including buyers and neighbouring businesses, expressed their concerns over the sudden demolition and its impact, calling on the government to consider the traders and recognize their significance in the local economy.
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