The National President of Pan Youth Association (PYA), Yonmi Simon Daman alleged of attempt by security agents to shut down the newly established multi-million naira Agro Satellite Market Namu in Quanpaan Local Government Area of Plateau State.
He highlighted that the agricultural market was conceived to boost the economic activities of the locality following the fire outbreak that burnt Namu Yam Market early this year.
The national youth leader stressed that the rural market, which focuses on wholesale buying of foodstuff ranging from rice, maize, sorghum, groundnuts, livestock, farm implements, and many others, was established by ‘JepJan Integrated Agro-Resources Limited’ to harness the economic activities within the Southern zone of Plateau State.
Daman added: “Namu is the heartbeat of Qua’anPan LGA in terms of commercial activities and agricultural produces. We always encourage our youths to get involved in activities that are legal and beneficial to the community.”
He explained that “we cannot continue to wait for the Government’s white-collar jobs that are elusive, that is why we encourage our youths to go into Agriculture in line with Federal Government policy that we have to diversify our economy from oil to agriculture.
He said what is being witnessed in the market today is the deployment of over 130 armed policemen by the State Commissioner of Police to stop commercial activities in the Agro satellite market.
“If they can do that, why can the Commissioner of Police also deployed just ordinary Ten Policemen to go and investigate cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, murder and many atrocities that is ongoing now in the forest of Pandam game reserve in the area,” he said.
The PYA President warned that the satellite market which is sustaining over 1000 graduates, orphans and widows if shutting down will automatically send this vulnerable people into abject poverty, hunger and starvation and the aim of encouraging the youth to go into Agriculture will not be achieved.
“Now these are people that want to develop themselves and the same government are trying to shut down their market. I perceive that there is something somewhere going on that only the Governor of Plateau state Simon Lalong that have to answer to this.
“We pray that Government and spirited individual should come to our aid because we are surprised by the actions of the security.
“The security agencies have never served us with any legal document to stop whatever activity we are going to carry on the business side.
“This is a private business because we have a legal backing that is incorporated with the corporate affairs commission (CAC). I think what is going on is politically motivated,” he stated.
But the police authority in response exonerated itself from the purported closure of the agro-market but said: “We only went there to maintain peace and security of the area.”