Women trading at the Kpansia community market have made a passionate appeal to the Bayelsa State Government not to relocate the market, saying that the contentious issue of trading along the Isaac Boro express road has been taken care of.
The women also pleaded with the State Government to tamper justice with mercy and allow them continue to do business at the market as it is the only source of their livelihood.
Recall that the Bayelsa State Government had given a 21 days ultimatum to traders at the Kpansia community market to vacate the market owing to the nuisance caused by trading along the Isaac Boro Express Road.
Speaking on behalf of the market women, Chief (Mrs.) Adevuya Otobo, Women Leader and Coordinator Kpansia Community Market while conducting newsmen around the newly sandfilled site for traders, said that they have complied with the government’s directive by taking the traders off the road and assured that they will no longer trade on their road.
According to her, to permanently put to an end the nuisance caused by the traders, the market leadership spent millions of naira to sandfilled, create road and relocate those trading along the road to a space at the back of the market.
She explained that usually every Saturday which is the community market day the express road is almost completely blocked by traders, pointing out that the road is now free as the market women have resolved not to trade on the road again in obedience to the state government order.
Otobo noted that as law abiding citizens they are ready to obey and comply with government’s directive to ensure that the market built by the state government is also put to use, promising to cooperate and work to make the market functional.
She said : ” First on all I want to thank the state Governor and his dear wife for the opportunity given to us to trade at the Kpansia market. At first we were selling on the road until Government came up with a directive that nobody should trade along the road. Really, we apologise for the nuisance by blocking the road. You can see that today being Saturday, which is the main market day the road is free, nobody is selling along the road.
” The government said we should move out of Kpansia market in 21days because we are trading along the road but we want to appeal to the state Government that nothing of such will happen again. We have spent millions of naira last month to sandfilled a portion of land at the back of the market and create access roads and relocated those trading along the express road inside the market. The fruit sellers are inside, the meat sellers are inside, all those selling along the road have been relocated inside the market.
” We want to also beg that the market built by the government also be opened for use and ensure that those allocated stores move in, Kpansia is big enough to have two markets. The leadership of Kpansia community market is ready to work with government to provide a peaceful atmosphere for the two markets to function.
” The men of this community bought this land for the women to be used as community market and if this market is relocated people will die of hunger. We use the market to settle the widows, we also settle the elders. During our festival we use the proceeds from the market to buy wrappers for the women. So we want the government to open the other market as well. Let the Kpansia community market still exist along side the government market,” She added.
Also speaking, the Bayelsa State Chairman of the Reformed Traders Association of Nigeria (RTA), Comrade Super Kwokor applauded the leadership of the Kpansia community market for bringing sanity into the market by ensuring that trading along the express road is stopped.
Comrade Kwokor commended the First lady of Bayelsa State, Dr.(Mrs.) Gloria Diri for her love for women and appealed to her as a mother who understands the pains of women in the state to ensure that the Kpansia community market is not relocated, saying that the market is the only source most women feed their families with.
The National President of the Reformed Traders Association (RTA), Amb. Bright Chinedu while thanking the Bayelsa Government for providing the peaceful environment for traders in the state, commended Kpansia community market leadership for obeying government’s order by sandfilling land and creating access roads inside the market for those trading along the road to move into.
” As the national President of the Reformed Traders Association of Nigeria I want to say kudos to the Bayelsa State Governor, he has been a friendly father to the traders in the state. And once again he should tamper justice with mercy, since the traders in Kpansia market has cried out and have asked for forgiveness and they have assured the national leadership that they will not trade along the road again. I am assuring the Governor that as the national President that since they have resolved they will not trade on the road, such thing will never happen again.