Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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Council okays building of 2 markets

Council okays building of 2 markets

Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capi­tal Territory has ap­proved the building of its two ultra-modern markets sited on 2.7 hectares of land in the town.
 
Performing the founda­tion laying of the markets, the Council Chairman, Hon Musa Dikko, said the development was not aimed at taking away the land from the original indigenes or owners but was to ensure that the new Maitama and Kukwaba markets are built according to standard.
 
He said the modernisa­tion and reconstruction was another step towards diversification of the econ­omy which is in line with the present administration plans.
 
Dikko gave further clari­fications that developing the market to acceptable standard would ease gen­eration of revenue with its collection from traders.
 
The Chairman assured that prior to the present commencement of work at the market, previous ad­ministrations initiated the project over 14 years ago but abandoned it due to lack of commitment to de­velopment of the area.
 
But, he assured that the ongoing work which is ex­pected to be completed within one year was em­barked upon to meet up with the public interest not personal interest which failed the last ones.
 
He called on the traders and major stakeholders to keep on giving the neces­sary support to those work­ing on the site as the work lasted.
 
Giving the breaking down of the market plan, its De­veloper Ayofe Atoyebi, said with almost 500 categories of traders doing business in dilapidated and run down makeshift shops with most part of the land converted to residential apartments, it poses danger to the town centre.
 
He said the council with his company decided to de­sign and upgrade the mar­ket to international stan­dards with the breakdown of business spaces.
 
It shows 9 sqm lock up shops, 248 units, 12sqm lock up shops 414 units, 20 sqm lock up shops, 60 units and 24sqm warehouses, 20 units among others.
 
The developer added that the market was having to­tal of nearly 946 number of safe and convenient spaces. 

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