Traders whose shops were affected by the demolition at the popular Swali Market in Yenagoa are appealing to the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri to erect new structures at the designated areas they have been directed to use for their trading activities.
The traders while recounting their loses following the demolition, said their appeal should be considered by the governor to enable them carry out their businesses in a conducive atmosphere.
One of the traders, Mrs Gloria Julius lamented that the demolition came as a big shock to them as they were not properly informed before the exercise was carried out on their shops.
According to her, some of their wares were also destroyed in the process by the government task force, stressing that if they had an alternative before the demolition, they wouldn’t have been going through their current predicament.
Another trader, Miss Izibenua Otobo urged the government to come to their aid by making the apportioned area befitting for use, explaining that the rain has been a major challenge they had to deal with everyday.
She stated that due to the absence of structure or roof where they are currently, they had to close sales everyday the rain falls as their umbrellas could not withstand the rain and the wind.
On her part, Mrs Ada- Ihioma Precious, bemoaned the high level of insecurity now bedevilling them in their new trading area and urged the government to also consider raising the fence a bit higher.
They complained that sales have been very bad since then and while they obeyed the government directives and remained where they have been asked to use for trading, the hawkers have continued to remain along the road, thereby making sales poor for them.