A poster of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been covered with a poster of leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari along the ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Minna - The All Progressive Congress
(APC) in Niger has called on the state government to look for an alternative
place for the relocation of the Madalla market along Abuja to Kaduna Road.
The call is contained in a statement issued on Monday by the
party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Jonathan Vatsa.
The party noted that the present location of the market
close to a highway, had led to loss of lives and property.
"We are worried that despite collecting N1.8 billion
loan to build the ultra-modern market, the government of Dr Muazu Babangida
Aliyu in Niger state has refused to understand the danger of the market still
being located along the high way.
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"There is no gain saying that the market has witnessed
fatal accidents, ranging from tankers veering into the market and most times,
setting people and their wares ablaze," it said
The party then
challenged the state Development Company to explain the delay in re-locating
the market, in spite of the huge resources collected for the purpose.
In its reaction, the
state government, through Mr Israel Ebije, denied collecting any loan for the
purpose of relocating the market.
"There was a consortium that indicated interest in
contracting the Madalla new market, which was relocated across the road.
"The stake of Niger state government was the land,
which was provided, with a Certificate of Occupancy.
"Niger APC should provide papers indicating that Niger
State government, under Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, collected N1.8bn for the
market,” said Ebije, in a statement issued on the matter.