ASO CHRON­I­CLE

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi, Eseohe Eb­hota, Zeenat Ab­du­lazeez & Onyekachukwu Obi

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, the Nyanya Bridge, Mo­tor Park and Ex­press­way is ha­bit­u­ally swarmed with peo­ple said to be over­flow­ing from the mar­ket. The road­side is usu­ally filled with traders dis­play­ing mostly used cloth­ing, shoes and other ma­te­ri­als to at­tract cus­tomers. Some res­i­dents have de­scribed the mar­ket as a typ­i­cal Lagos’ Oshodi in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

The mar­ket, the nu­cleus of com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the area, is grad­u­ally go­ing into obliv­ion no thanks to ex­plo­sions that have been rock­ing Nyanya, one of the most pop­u­lated satel­lite towns in the ter­ri­tory. The blasts are tak­ing the shine off the mar­ket.

Though no ex­plo­sion has oc­curred in the mar­ket it­self, res­i­dents said they are now care­ful go­ing to crowded ar­eas as part of se­cu­rity mea­sures.

This fear is hinged on the fact that all the three ex­plo­sions that hap­pened in Nyanya be­tween 2014 and 2015 were just few me­tres from the mar­ket area and for­tu­nately, they did not hap­pen on mar­ket days.

Usu­ally, on Wed­nes­days, traders and their cus­tomers brim the road­sides, some­times lead­ing to traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“On Wed­nes­days, I leave my house ear­lier be­fore the mar­ket but now the road is freer be­cause ac­tiv­i­ties in the mar­ket have slowed down due to the re­peated bomb­ings of the area and the heavy pres­ence of se­cu­rity per­son­nel hence­forth,” Wale Adeg­boyega, a civil ser­vant that re­sides in Nyanya said.

While Wale could heave a sigh of re­lieve, many traders, cus­tomers and Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) rev­enue col­lec­tion of­fi­cers’ lose sleep over the dras­tic re­duc­tion of trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the mar­ket.

Many traders have found al­ter­na­tive mar­kets to sell while cus­tomers too said they now pre­fer to drive to the city to buy their wares.

AMAC of­fi­cials at the mar­ket said they visit the mar­ket only be­cause they are man­dated to do so. The mar­ket, which used

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