On Wednesday, the Bauchi state government finally kicked the phone and accessory vendors out of their current location in Wunti Market in the Bauchi Metropolis and moved them to a new permanent location.
The state government, through the Bauchi State Town Planning and Urban Development Council, which evicted the traders, subsequently demolished the popular container from which they operated. since many years.
Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed late last year when he visited part of the market after it was emptied by midnight hell, the plans revealed government to move the Container phone vendors to a new location.
The governor then approved the construction of a modern telephone village in the old works office near the Muda Lawal market, also in the Bauchi metropolis, and also approved the sum of N25 million for the construction.
However, there was strong resistance from the sellers when the government finally sent them a departure notice to leave the container and move to the newly constructed site.
They had claimed the new place lacked adequate security and enough closing stores where they would keep their wares, adding that the state governor had yet to inaugurate the market.
The government, however, maintained its argument that the phone sellers should voluntarily relocate to the new location provided to them, insisting that the new modern complex had been fully built and completed.
According to the government, the directive to relocate was intended to decongest the Wunti market area and make way for the development of new foreclosure stalls on the space.
DAILY POST reports that the phone vendors vehemently resisted yet another strenuous attempt to eject them from the container on Tuesday, forcing government officials to step back in order to avoid a breach of law and order in the region.
Despite the pullout, vendors were sternly warned to pull all of their wares back as the state government would not reverse its decision to demolish their makeshift structures.
Following a dialogue with part of the management of the sellers, they then moved their goods to the new location, clearing the way for government officials to eventually demolish the old container.
Meanwhile, the relocation has met with mixed reactions from vendors, with some praising the administration headed by Governor Mohammed for providing them with a suitable place to practice their trade.
Others have opposed the development, saying the new location is hidden from the public, which they believe will negatively affect their businesses.