By Chancel Sunday
BOMADI—TRADERS in the riverside town of Bomadi in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, last week, occupied the bridge connecting the area, an action they described as “warning protest” over the continued refusal of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC to inaugurate the ultra-modern market and motor park project in the area.
*Traders doing business in front of the completed project that is under lock and key
The traders, mostly women, had earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to the NDDC to inaugurate the project which was completed two years ago, for public use, failure of which they threatened to storm the commission’s head office in Port Harcourt for the “mother of all protests.”
Armed with placards some of which read: NDDC we are coming; Open our market now! and Expect us in Port Harcourt next, among other inscriptions, the protesters led by Mrs Rejoice Karaide and Mr. Francis Okereke, noted with sadness the alleged insensitivity of the commission to their plight.
Traders recount woes
“Some of us have been put out of business because the local government council refused to allow us trade on the roadsides and the bridgehead. Schools have resumed and we cannot meet up with payment of our children’s school fees and putting food on our table is a tug of war,” Karaide said.
Also, Mr. Okereke queried the rationale behind the continued closure of the market two years after it was completed.
“Nigeria is no longer easy; we want this market open. We are angry and NDDC must not toy with our patience,” he said.
The market chairlady, Mrs Bridget Kosin, said that it was just a warning protest in preparation for the main one in Port-Harcourt.
“This is a warning protest. At the expiration of the ultimatum, we are going for the main protest at NDDC office in Port Harcourt. We must see to the end of this issue,” she said.