Makurdi Modern Market has before now remained a melting business hub in the Benue State capital, built by the Aper Aku administration in early 80s, it is designed to provide ready world class luck up shops for traders dealing on the provision, building materials and sale of various classes of goods and services.
High shops rates, poor infrastructure and taxation, has forced most shop owners to abandon the market turning it into a graveyard as few traders and customers are left in the near empty shops in contrast to the ever busy commercial activities.
I took a walk round the market yesterday after visiting court 3 within the premises of the market and what I saw was an eyesore. Rodents have taken over the market some of the shop that were gutted by fire have been turned to dump sites. A trader I spoke with Mr Sunday Emeka, said that just last week a customer was attacked by a snake, reached to the sickbay but no first aid treatment available.
Mr Emeka said that, the total neglect of the market has obviously been a source of concern why the government choose to be insensitive to the plight of the traders. High taxation and poor infrastructure has made most traders leave the market for shopping malls within the town which are cheaper than the market shops.
I call on the commissioner for commerce trade and investment to visit the market with a view of assessing the facility and finding ways of revamping it, or else the Makurdi Modern Market of Aper Aku's dream is on the verge of extinction.
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