From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Furniture makers, under the aegis of Lale Multipurpose Furniture Association, have appealed to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State to intervene in their travails.
Speaking to journalists in Kano yesterday, chairman of the association, Ahmad Muhammad Dabo, said they received a quit notice from Kano Urban Planning and Development Agency (KNUPDA) last week, that they should vacate their place of work in 3 days time.
He said on receiving the notice, he swiftly informed the state’s History and Culture Bureau, under which the association was hiring the land to run their business for 25 years ago, adding that a director at the bureau had asked them to submit the notice to him for onward action.
According to Dabo, the quit notice had caused devastation among the over 5,000 members of the association who depend solely on the business to earn a living, noting that vacating the place, without providing another to them would jeopardize their well-being.
“ We have hired this vast land from the History and Culture Bureau for over 25 years and we are running our business smoothly. We have over 5,000 people running their business in order to fend for their families here.
“This place has turned out to be like an empowerment and rehabilitation centre as many of the youth around this area and even beyond, who engaged in drug abuse and thuggery, have abandoned the illicit practice and embraced this business. Don’t you think separating them from this business could make them go back to their former practice?
“We don’t know where we are moving to and our future could be jeopardized if the government had not provided us with alternative. That is why we are calling on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kahdimul Islam to consider our plight and intervene.” he appealed
When contacted, the Director Development and Control of the KNUPDA, Arc. Nasiru Adamu Minjibir, said the government, who has the possession of the piece of land, asked them to leave because some individuals have volunteered to donate a hospital for the state.
He added that, the notice had been issued since when an issue of empowerment to the state History and Culture Bureau came up but was not materialised.
“The request of the land is from the Kano State Ministry of Health. Based on the information available to us, it is some individuals that want to donate a hospital, as big as Muratala Muhammad Hospital to the state government.
“Since the land belong to the government, it has the right to collect its own property,” Minjibir said
Asked if the government would provide another land for the embattled furniture makers, Minjibir said “how would a landlord provide you with another house if he wants you to leave his house? he asked rhetorically