The Plateau State Government says it is set to start rebuilding the multi-billion Jos Main Market burnt in 2004
The state government had earlier engaged experts to conduct an integrity test of what was left of the burnt market and advice it appropriately.
Yakubu Dati, Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, made this known to newsmen on Wednesday in Jos after the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Simon Lalong.
Dati said traders selling within the market had been notified to vacate the area as work was billed to commence soon.
He said: “Notices have already been given to traders selling within the vicinity of the market to immediately leave the area.
“Council appeals to traders occupying Jos Main Market to abide by the plan being put in place by he Ministry of Commerce and Industry to ensure the rebuilding of the market.
“The process involves demolition of parts of the existing structure and this can only be done when traders give way and create way for the demolition to take place for safety concern.
“We are appealing to traders and stakeholders to cooperate with relevant authorities to ensure that the dream of rebuilding the market is achieved.”
The commissioner stated that the appeal for the traders to leave the confines of the market was to ensure safety of lives and properties when the demolition begins,
According to him, government will enforce compliance if the people failed to willingly heed the appeal.
Dati further said the council also congratulated the governor and his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, on their re-election.
“Council also congratulated the people of Plateau for conducting themselves peacefully during the elections,” he added.