The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el- Rufai has denounced claims that the suspension of trading at the popular weekly Kawo market is an ploy to punish some people. According to the governor, the suspension of the weekly markets in the state is not an attempt to inflict hardship on the residents but to protect the public from bandits.
Recall the the Kaduna state government had on 2 September, through a statement by its state commissioner of Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, given an order suspending trading in weekly markets. The order prohibited the transportation of livestock into Kaduna state from other states, while also reinforcing the order that prohibited selling of petrol in jerrycans in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kajuru LGAs, as well as banning the felling of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal and other commercial purposes in Birnin Gwari, Kachia, Kajuru, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru LGAs.
Given backings to these suspensions, the governor at the weekend, in a meeting with stakeholders on insecurity held at the Murtala Square Kaduna disclosed that these suspensions for the sake of the citizens, peoples gazette reports.
He explained: ” We are not imposing hardship on certain people, but they can see the benefits of the actions we have taken. We got good suggestions from stakeholders, which would be used to modify some of our policies. It has been a very rich and engaging conversation” .
According to the report, the governor had stated that the meeting was to brief stakeholders on the security challenges, adding that these measures has in great measure aided the security situation in the state.
El- Rufai further disclosed that the shutdown of some weekly markets and the regulation of the activities of motorcyclists would be renewed for another one month.
Kaduna state is one of the states in the northwest ravished by banditry hence this measure by the governor doesn’ t come as a surprise.