Katsina Central Marketers loses N50m daily over non-reconstruction of shops – IHRM
The International Human Rights Movement, IHRM, has alleged that no less than N50m is being lost daily over non permission from the Katsina State government for the marketers to reconstruct their shops.
The country ambassador of the International Human Rights Movement, Comrade Salisu Musa, made the statement on Saturday, while briefing pressmen on the predicaments faced by the victims of the fire incident in their office at Madugu House along Kofar Kwaya road.
Recall that Katsina Central Market was engulfed by a fire inferno in the month of March this year.
According to Comrade Musa, no fewer than 2,668 victims comprising of the burnt shops owners and their aides lost their means of livelihoods.
He further alleged that the victims are now languishing in poverty, without food to eat.
“International Human Rights Movement learned that over 2,668 persons loses their means of livelihood as each shops have at least 4 – 5 assistant, labourers exclusively of which have now no means of getting food to eat neither feed their families,” Comrade Musa said.
IHRM said their findings revealed that the marketers incur losses to the tone of N50 million daily due to government’s decision to disregard plea from victims to personally reconstruct their shops on the ground that the government plan to rebuild the market into upstairs so as to decongest the overcrowded market.
In view of the predicament and reoccurring daily losses, IHRM is calling on the state government and stakeholders to without further delay give the victims of the fire outbreak permission to re-construct their shops and enable them return to their normal activities.
IHRM further urged the state government to look into how it can utilize Dubai market to revamp the growth of the state’s economy and reduce the rate of unemployment in the state.
“International Human Rights Movement call on the Katsina state government and stakeholders to immediately give those affected by the outbreak permission to re-construct their shops and return to their normal activities.
“The international human right movement also urge the katsina state government to look into the possibility of the utilization of the Dubai Market which would alter the economic growth of the state and would help to reduce the rate of unemployment in the state,” Comrade Musa further added.
It is pertinent to recall that on 22 March, 2021, fire gutted the Katsina Central Market destroying properties worth about a billion Naira.
A total of 685 shops were destroyed in the inferno.
As a result, the state government constituted a 21-man committee of experts to unravel the cause of the inferno.
Similarly, to help in rebuilding the market and help the victims get back on their feet, the state government in the month of June deducted 3% from the salaries of state workers.