From Haruna Aliyu Usman, Birnin Kebbi
Trouble may have been brewing between some traders in the Birnin Kebbi central market and the leadership of the market association over what many described as annointed members who have been allocated shops at choice places in the heart of the market.
In 2015, the Birnin Kebbi central market was burnt to rubbles due to serious fire inferno, billions of naira worth of property were consumed by the fire.
Two years ago, the state government awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the burnt market, which has now reached ninety percent completion with over 300 shops ready for allocation.
Some traders accused the leadership of the market association of favouring some members, but maintained that the leadership must be fair to all in the interest of peace and unity of the market.
Responding to the allegations, the state chairman Kebbi State traders association, Alhaji Umar Dan Gura Zauro dismissed the accusations as baseless as he explained that so far no one has been allocated any shop.
He denied having favored any of his members. “All the completed shops were numbered according to the number of the occupants before the fire outbreak, therefore every former owner of the burnt shop will just reoccupy his shops before those with temporary shops are attended to he said”.
He called on those with complaints to come forward and henceforth desist from spreading fake rumours that were capable of fragmenting the unity enjoyed years ago.
He thanked the state governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu for reconstructing the market and the huge donations received from him and well spirited members of the society and promised to continue to run an open leadership that will benefit all members.