The Managing Director (MD), Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) Alhaji Baffa Dan’agundi says they have completed arrangements to embark on decongestion of major roads blocked by illegal roadside shop operators across the metropolis.
Dan’agundi, who led a task force committee set up by the state government, disclosed this shortly after inspecting the affected areas on Thursday in Kano.
He further lamented that the traders refused to occupy the markets with over 5,000 empty shops, but opted to operate illegally.
According to him, the markets, located at Sabuwar Tasha, Kwanar Ungoggo, all in Ungoggo Local Government Areas, and Kofar Ruwa in Dala local government, Nassarawa Industrial Area and Sabon Gari market were built for over ten years but the traders had abandoned.
He said, “the markets, with over 5,000 shops combined, would have been equipped with amenities and adequate security if they have relocated.
“But the traders had abandoned the shops, turning them into criminal hideouts, causing fear to the people of the areas.”
He explained that the state government had given those operating illegally at Sabon Gari market, Singer market, Wapa Ya’nbabura a notice of six months to transfer to those designated markets.
Dan’agundi however warned that since the notice had elapsed on Wednesday, the government had no choice than to launch operations until it rid the aforementioned markets of illegal structures.
“You have seen yourselves. I have conducted you round and saw the markets provided by the state government for over 10 years but these people refused to go back there.
“We have now launched the operation and anybody found wanting in flouting this order will be punished accordingly.” He said.
He noted that the aim of chasing illegal shop operators is not for personal gain but to decongest the metropolis by allowing for free flow of traffic and pedestrian movement.
The MD however assured that once the traders occupy those designated markets, all amenities would be provided for them in a bid to run their lawful businesses smoothly.
Among the committee’s members, include; DSS, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB), among others.