Kano Govt Orders Street Traders to Vacate or Risk Prosecution

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Kano Govt, Orders Street Traders, Vacate or Risk Prosecution
Bata roundabout by Murtala Muhammad Way on a busy day, with traders in makeshift stalls by the roadside

Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority, KNUPDA has given 25 hours quit notice to traders stationed at Bata roundabout to evacuate their wares to avoid been prosecuted.

The authority in a letter dated 3rd June signed by the director of market planning and control alleged that the traders were operating from temporary structures, and directed them to quit the temporary market located on Murtala Mohammed Way, adding that failure to comply, they would be liable for prosecution.

The chairman Bata/Bello Road Traders Association, Mallam Muhammad Shehu confirmed that the traders have been served with 24 hours quit notice, adding that hundreds of traders operate in the area.

“We have just received a letter from KNUPDA, the letter said that all those selling shoes, books, cosmetics and communication accessories at Bata and Bello Road should vacate our business places.

“We have approached the Sabon Gari Market authorities to plead with them, but they informed us that the issue was not within their jurisdiction.

A trader at the market, Ali Salisu, told Judicial Sketch that the decision to evict the market would render over 10,  000 people jobless, and appealed to the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to intervene to save the masses from losing their means of livelihood, explaining that the quit notice, if executed, would invoke untold hardship on the traders and their dependants would also suffer the ripples.

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