Dog sellers in Jos have called on the Plateau Government to build a permanent market to enable them transact their business without hitches.
Mr Oliver Gowon, the Chairman, Dogs Sellers Association, Fwagul Dog Market chapter in Jos, made the call while speaking in Jos on Wednesday.
“What we have is a temporary market and this is neither good nor conducive for the growth of our business.
“We were formerly at the old Jos market before we were moved to this rented plot of land. We are appealing to the State Government to establish a dog in the greater Jos master plan.
“We want a market that is fenced to minimize the rate at which dogs escape each time they break loose.
“We also want stalls we can lock, as well as pipe borne water, electricity and other amenities that would improve the sanitary condition of our trade.”
Gowon, a former Councillor in Kanke Local Government of Plateau, said that a conducive market had become “very necessary” because the dog market was becoming more lucrative every day.
“Government can generate a lot of revenue from the dog market because people do come from distant places on daily basis to buy both live dogs and the prepared meat.’’
The Chairman further explained that apart from dogs, complementary goods, especially condiments used to prepare delicacies, could be sold in the market, if it is expanded.
At the market, thousands of live dogs were being sold at the market.
The meat is prepared in various delicacies, including pepper soup, stick meat, peppered meat, roasted, fried, barbecue, while some cook it to be eaten with hot pepper.
Various types of local liquor are also being sold in the market.