The Bayelsa State Government, at the weekend, demolished illegal shops and shanties at the popular Tombia Market in the state capital, Yenagoa.
The government through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure had, weeks ago, warned illegal traders at the market to vacate the place or risk facing the consequences.
It was learnt that the demolition was part of efforts of the government to beautify that axis of the city center and also allow for the expansion of the Tombia-Amassoma road, which leads to the 3.5 kilometer Bayelsa International Airport.
Our correspondent observed that the demolition was carried out by officials of the Ministry of Works with the supervision of security agencies.
Some shop owners affected by the demolition expressed sadness at the development, saying their source of livelihood has been badly affected.
One of them, Chibuike Collins lamented that to get another space that would be good for his business was not going to be easy.
“There is nothing we can do about it right now. That is just the state of things. We all wanted a Governor that works and he is working so I should commend him for that.
“The only thing is getting a space were business would sell is not simple. This Tombia Junction is good because almost everyone can pass either to school or work and you can see the display”.