Demolition and explosive experts from South Africa have expressed their preparedness for the controlled demolition of compromised parts of the burnt Jos Main Market slated for Saturday , May 18.
Commissioner for Information and Communication Mr. Yakubu Dati stated this in a statement.
The experts, according to Dati, were led by demolition engineers – Mike Pekins and Kyle Pekins – representing Mamco Wreckers Consortium.
He said tonnes of explosives are being deployed according to the work plan to ensure a safe and efficient exercise.
He said the consortium remains the best in Africa, having successfully carried out the controlled demolition of Bank of Industry (BOI) skyscrapers at the ever busy Broad Street in Lagos, among several assignments.
Dati said persons living within 200 metres to the market are to vacate on or before Thursday, May 16.
He said vehicular movement would be restricted around entry points to the market.
The commissioner said roads around the market will be closed for the safety of lives and property.
He urged security agencies, traders, stakeholders and the public to note the new date.
The commissioner conveyed the state government’s regrets for any inconvenience the exercise might cause members of the public.