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Euphoria as Ganduje builds ultra-modern market in Kantin Kwari

Euphoria as Ganduje builds ultra-modern market in Kantin Kwari

On Thursday, 26 Jan­uary, Kano business and commercial com­munity witnessed a boost. It was the groundbreaking cer­emony of 4, 182 lock-shops for low-profile traders at the famous Kantin Kwari Inter­national Textile Market to be constructed at the cost of N5 billion. The crowd that trailed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi 11, was unprecedented. It was in no form or manner a rented crowd as people—both the rich and the poor dragged space, surging through the Ibrahim Taiwo Road via Unity Road into Kantin Kwari where members of Yan Tebura Kan­tin Kwari Market Association (a body of owners of make-shift shops) gathered in their thousands to appreciate the initiative by the Ganduje ad­ministration to make them shop owners.
 
It could be recalled, howev­er, that before this time when the make-shift shop own­ers were asked to vacate their shops, the misconstrued the idea and took their grievances to the Emir of Kano, believing that government wanted to de­stroy their means of livelihood. The Emir in his wisdom con­stituted a community which took their grievances to the Government House. And Gan­duje, being a listening admin­istrator took time to discuss with, stakeholders and trad­ers, armed with potent reasons why the Kantin Kwari interna­tional textile market should be given a face-lift—and they con­curred.
 
No wonder the chairman of the market association, Malam Aminu Kawu was full of prais­es to Ganduje when he spoke at the event, attesting to the fact that no governor in the his­tory of Kano state has taking steps to remember the plights of owners of make-shift shops who suffer huge losses during rainy seasons and other even­tual disasters in the famous market. Malam Kawu did not mince words to express the happiness of his members over the steps taking by Gan­duje to upgrade their business­es. In the same vein, the Man­aging-Director, Kano State Urban Planning and Devel­opment Authority (KNUP­DA), Arc. Bashir Mudi Ad­amu, recounted the challenges the agency faced when it was marking the make-shift shops for demolition, but expressed happiness that at last good rea­soning overtook sentiment and emotions.
 
When Ganduje mounted the podium to address the traders, there was hilarious chanting of “four plus four equals to eight,” meaning that Ganduje has been endorsed for a second-term. Governor Ganduje in­formed the mammoth crowd that the multi-billion Naira ul­tra-modern market project is anchored on a Public Private Partnership agreement with two indigenous companies. According to him, the contrac­tors handling the project are to build the shops, while the state government will provide in­frastructures such as nine ac­cess road network with street lights, a modern police station, Hisbah Board office, Vigilan­te group office, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office, a mobile court, including other basic infrastructures to ensure safety, peace, orderliness and smooth business transactions in the market.
 
Ganduje added that the ul­tra-modern market will be shaped into large, medium and small scale sections, add­ing that, “most African coun­tries come to this Kantin Kwari to transact business and that is one of the major reasons we are making it an ultra-mod­ern market. We are also deter­mined to improve our major markets so that the incessant fire incidents would be pre­vented; again, we are rebuild­ing these markets in order to improve commercial activ­ities. Today, we have start­ed with Kantin Kwari, we are also working on Sabon Gari market, Kofar Wambai mar­ket and Dawanau market. As the government is providing an enabling environment for you traders to transact your businesses, I appeal to you to your taxes; while you are smil­ing—pay your taxes, while you are laughing—pay your taxes, while you are praying for us—pay your taxes, because we need money to do more.”
 
The Emir of Kano in his speech, admonished the trad­ers on the need to see the mar­ket as their own property and as such do everything possible to sustain the infrastructure. He also spoke to them on the need to be fair and just during business transactions in line with the teachings of Islam. The First-class Emir also re­minded the traders the bless­ings inherent in performing Zakat (offering alms to the needy) and as well, engaging in business activities that are not detrimental to the laws of the land and the teachings of Islam. The Kano monarch also commended Governor Gan­duje for engaging in projects and policies that have positive impacts on the lives of the peo­ple, just as he urged the trad­ers to support the government by paying their taxes prompt­ly. Emir Sanusi also cautioned emphatically on the need for every Kano citizen to remain security conscious, helping se­curity agencies with useful in­formation that can track down miscreants and terrorists.
 
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, in his speech, assured the Governor Ganduje, the Emir, traders and Kano citizens of the determi­nation of the police to maintain peace and order and ensure security of lives and proper­ty at the market and the en­tire state, “police will provide the enabling environment for commercial activities to flour­ish. Police will not allow mis­creants to unleash terror on the traders and the good people of Kano state and we are not go­ing to relent in our efforts to make sure that there is safety of lives and property at all times,” he added.
 
The AUTHORITY reports that two major sections of the market—Filling Parking and Layin Plaza are to benefit ex­tensively from the face-lift. Kantin Kwari market is locat­ed right in the heart of Kano city, beside Sani Abacha Stadi­um. The textile market, known to be the largest of its kind in West Africa has a history of over 500 years. Traders from all over the world visit the market on daily basis, which serves as one of the major textile market in the whole of Africa.

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