From Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has been lauded by the residents and traders in Buni-Yadi over the reopening of the weekly and regional cattle market which was closed down by the military over security issues in the recent months.
The traders on Friday said the reopening of the market would fast track economic activities in the area which was halted by the insurgency.
Alhaji Musa Ali, a grain merchant, said the closure of the market had crippled business activities in the area.
“Many farmers and other traders who want to sell their farm produce and other wares had to travel far to dispose of their goods,” he said.
Yuram Bukar, another trader, said, “many of us are struggling to reclaim our businesses. When the market was closed down, it created more setbacks”.
Hajiya Hassana Umar, a food seller said, “most people around here and the neighboring villages depend on the weekly market to buy their needs. It is the second largest after Potiskum.”
Alhassan Mai-Shanu, a livestock trader, said the decision to reopen the market was the best thing to happen to the community in recent times.
Also, Musa Mangarima, another livestock dealer, commended Buni and Buratai for responding to the pressing needs of the people.