Plateau diaspora indigenes write Lalong over N9.4bn Jos Main Market Project | Dailytrust

Plateau diaspora indigenes write Lalong over N9.4bn Jos Main Market Project

Gov Lalong
Gov Lalong

Some indigenes of Plateau State living in the United States (U.S) have kicked against Governor Simon Lalong’s Jos Main Market Rebuilding Project estimated at over N9 billion.

The group, under the auspices of the Plateau State Association USA, Inc. (PSA-USA, Inc) in a letter dated August 15, 2022 and a copy made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said the project is ill-timed, considering that the current state government is in its twilight.

The letter, which was signed by the association’s National President Dr Barth Shepkong, is titled: “Demand to Immediately Terminate the Jos Main Market Rebuilding Project.”

“We, the members of Plateau State Association, USA, Inc (PSA USA), write to state our position on the proposed rebuilding project of the Jos Main Market.

“It is our understanding that the Plateau State Government through the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and the General Manager, Jos Main Market Authority, have entered into a purported Joint Venture Partnership Agreement with Jaiz Bank Nigeria Pic for the rebuilding of Jos Main Market.

“The project is specifically for the construction of 4, 231 Shops at the Main market at the estimated cost of Nine Billion, Four Hundred and Twelve Million, One Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand Naira (9, 412, 166, 000. 00) only.,” they said.

According to the group, it is not news that an overwhelming majority of Plateau people are in opposition to this proposed project.

“Consequently, we wish to add our dissenting voices to those of our people. We categorically oppose and reject this project as it is at odds with the interest of the people of Plateau State.

“Further, considering that the current state government is in its twilight, we believe the project is ill timed.

“Why is the government embarking on such a monumental project at this time? Why does the government seem to be in such a rush?

“Is this the only deal on the table to rebuild the Main market? Were other options explored?, if yes, what were the responses?” the group asked.

PSA-USA said that it is their position that prior to the state government’s commitment with Jaiz Bank, extensive and comprehensive consultations with the people of Plateau State were not made.

The group, therefore, called on the state government to immediately cancel the project and all other such projects with huge capital requirements and concentrate on on-going and unfinished projects that would better serve the people of Plateau State.

“The Jos Main Market rebuilding project should be left for the next administration to handle rather than the last minute rush that is being contemplated by the outgoing
government.

There has been palpable tension in Jos and its environs over the move by Governor Lalong to rebuild the market, which got burnt in 2002.

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