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El-Rufai threatens to demolish 60 year old Panteka market

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From left — Balarabe Abbas Lawal (SSG), Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe; Governor Nasir El-Rufai and House of Assembly Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, the meeting with senior security officials on Southern Kaduna killings.

-Gives occupants 7 days quit notice

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

The Kaduna State Government has given 7 days quit notice to occupants of the old Panteka market situated near the main campus of Kaduna Polytechnic which has  being in existence for over 60 years.

The  government warned the occupants to leave in 7 days or lose their properties .

The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, (KASUPDA)  issued the 7 days quit notice to  occupants  starting from Friday.

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In press release issued and signed by the KASUPDA’s Director General,  Ismaila Dikko, he said  “In line with the Urban Renewal Programme by the Kaduna State, Government you are hereby given Seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this Notice to Vacate/Remove ALL your valuables from the Site.

“Failure to comply with the above directives, the Authority would have no option than to seize/forfeit your items and demolish the structure on expiration of the notice at your expense in accordance with section 60(2) of the afore-mentioned Law, please.”

The government’s agency who gave the seven days ultimatum also warned that failure to comply , the occupants may lose all their properties in the market.

Earlier, some individuals such as the former Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Prof. Muhammad Idris  Bujage had pleaded with the  Governor  not to demolish the old market and instead, declare  it as  as a state heritage,  due its historical significance. 

The old Panteka market has become  famous over the years,as a local industrial hub where spare parts of all kinds of machines, including some aircraft, can be replicated by local craftsmen.

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