Despite several passionate plea by traders of the popular Swali market in Yenagoa to extend the demolition date because of current hardship in the state caused by the pandemic, the Bayelsa state Covid-19 Taskforce has commenced the demolition of illegal structures around the market.
The demolition was in conformity with the government’s directive to ensure and enforce social distancing at the market as one of the critical measures to impede any possible spread of the pandemic in the state.
Speaking to journalists during the demolition exercise on Sunday, the Chairman, Covid-19 Implementation Committee, Doctor Inodu Apoku, noted that government had engaged the traders in the past to occupy the 600 lockup shops inside the market, but the traders turn deaf ears to the advise.
The Chairman of Swali Ultra modern market Mr. Jackson Bobaraye, confirmed that the traders of swali market was duly informed on the demolition exercise by the state government, blaming the traders for not cooperating with the government.
Some angry victims of the demolition, condemned the action of the government, explaining that the purported lockup shops said to have been prepared for them are in a very bad condition and not fit to occupy goods to be consumed by humans.