Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State yesterday said the N1.1bn earmarked for the Terminus Market in Jos was not just for demolition.
Reacting to a report by that his administration is spending N1.1bn for the demolition of the market, he said the project comprises four other components.
“The report is not very fair. If you understand the history of the Jos Main Market, you will understand the passion for rebuilding that market. That market was blown off years ago and has remained like that. The market was our main source of revenue and I saw it as very necessary to rebuild the main market in other to address the challenges of the state including that of a minimum wage.
“What somebody saw was the presentation before the budget committee and when he saw N1.1bn he said it is for demolition. N1.1bn cannot be for demolition. There are four components of the demolition and reconstruction of the market. The person saw one aspect and jumped into conclusion.