Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Saturday inaugurated a new multi-million naira vegetable and grocery market (Orange market) at Mararaba, Karu Local Government Area.
Al-Makura, while inaugurating the over 4,000 shops market, lauded the traders in the popular ‘Orange’ market, recently gutted by fire for taking the initiative of building the new market christened “TA’AL community market.”
The governor decried the incessant fire disasters, congestion and criminal activities in the old market.
He said that he had promptly directed the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy and granted waivers on land fees to the traders in 2015 when notified of their intention to build the new market.
He said that government had during an inspection visit in 2015, donated N20 million towards the provision of electricity and drains to make the market more habitable.
Al-Makura said market development was priority policy of his administration as it would open a new vista of business opportunity, create jobs and boost revenue generation in the state.
He said the market would encourage farmers to engage in the cultivation of perishable fruits and vegetables.
He also announced the donation of additional N20 million towards the provision of more facilities in the new market.
According to him, government will sink five boreholes in the market to provide water supply as well as build a medium size fire station to tackle incidence of fire outbreaks.
He said government would construct a watch tower to enhance security in the market.
The governor also pledged to ensure weekly evacuation of refuse from the market through the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) to boost sanitation in the market.
Al-Makura, therefore, urged other stakeholders to emulate the traders by complementing government’s efforts at providing public facilities.
Earlier, chairman of the new community market, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim, thanked the state government for the support towards the construction of the new market.
He said six traders’ association collaborated to reconstruct the old orange market.
According to him, the new market has 3,000 lock up shops, over 1,000 open shops and 20 warehouses.
He, however, called for more government interventions toward the provision of more facilities in the market. (NAN)