Jos - The Plateau government on Friday
said it would rebuild the burnt Jos Terminus Market to create conducive
atmosphere for traders and buyers to operate.
The state Governor, Mr Simon Lalong, made this known when he
inspected the market, which was destroyed by fire in 2003, along with the
Lalong said that the market used to be one of the strongest
revenue base of the state, but since it was destroyed, the revenue accruing to
Plateau had started declining.
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He added that "we had told the people of Plateau during our
campaigns that if we were elected, we would rebuild the market and I would
ensure that work on the market start soon.
"We must rebuild the market because we need revenue to
execute our programmes as a government.
"Also, the Ahmadu Bello Way is crowded by traders doing
business on the road; we intend to rebuild the market to take the traders off
The governor said that the previous administration in the
state said it could not rebuild the market because of insecurity, adding,
however, that ``the security situation in the state has improved
Lalong said that the transition committee set up by the
current government was already negotiating with the Jos Main Market Authority
on the best ways to execute the project.