The management of the Secondhand Building Materials Market, Delimi, Jos, on Thursday said that the market had recorded an increase in the patronage of such materials in the state.
The Chairman of the Market, Mr Abubakar Zaki, made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Jos, adding that the business was becoming more popular.
Zaki said that before now, the perception of many people was that secondhand building materials were dirty and unfit for construction.
According to him, many people who are building residential houses patronise them for doors, gates, plasterboards, bush poles and other durable materials.
He said that bush poles, which were being sold for N400 in regular market, were sold for between N170 and N200 at the market.
“Our building materials are cheaper and durable and they can easily be polished and made attractive again,” the chairman said.
He noted that the patronage was so high at the market that such materials were no longer kept on the shelf for too long.
He said that they got most of their building materials when buildings were not inaugurated by their owners, due to one reason or the another.
Zaki stated that the business had also improved the environment, as most materials were being reused or recycled.
“Selling and buying of secondhand building materials have saved them from ending up in landfills,” he said.
He, however, noted that not all building materials had secondhand value and appropriate for reuse.
The chairman,therefore, advised customers to always check such materials before buying.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
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