By Ogar Monday
Traders and customers patronising the Goldie market by Etta Agbor havd berated the Cross River Urban Development Agency (CUDA) for its inability to evacuate refuse from the market timely.
Speaking to our Correspondent, a footwear seller in the market who identified himself simply as Chinedu said the CUDA truck that usually comes and clear the dirt has not been seen for close to five days now.
“The CUDA that usually comes and dispose of the refuse suddenly stopped coming, for reasons we don’t know. The smell from the refuse has made staying inside my shop unbearable.” He said.
Another seller of soup items in the market who simply gave her name as Mercy also said the issue of abandoned refuse has become recurrent since Ayade took over, saying the market has become synonymous with piles of refuse.
Mercy who spoke in pidgin said “since this new administration come in, the clearing of refuse here has been a very big issue. Sometimes the refuse is not moved for up to two weeks blocking the road wey lead to the market and into school (University of Calabar).”
A vegetable seller, Mrs. Aniefiok who also spoke to our correspondent say that if nothing is urgently done about the refuse, people around the area especially those selling in the market might start falling sick as the stench from the dump is capable of causing illness.
Jolly Philips, a student of the University of Calabar said the only reason he and some of his friends still buy from the market is because of the unavailability of other markets as “we all know how unhygienic this place is.”
As at the time of filling this report, the heap of refuse was yet to be cleared.
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