Lafia – Gov. Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State on Wednesday said the state government had begun preparation for the inauguration of the multi billion naira Karu International Market.
This is contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Alhaji Ahmed Tukur, in Lafia.
The statement said the preparation began with a meeting between Gov. Al-makura and officials of Abuja Market Management Ltd and the consultant, Shehu Tukur,
Al-makura, who chaired the meeting, explained that it was necessary to fast-track completion of the market before the inauguration slated for December by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It added that Al-makura had directed the consultant to revoke the contract for the remaining `informal section’ of the market and rearward it to a more serious contractor, to meet the deadline.
It stated that the governor instructed the consultant to ensure that water and power supply were functional within the next one week for test running.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “Fire service equipment will be provided before the commissioning and contractors handling the construction of the service lane road will be instructed to hasten up.”
“Apart from the locked-up stores, 11 cold rooms have also been completed while we have additional 100 hectares of land to accommodate entrepreneurs such as Shoprite and other big businesses”, it added.
It said that the government was set to begin the demolition of illegal structures around the market to preserve its beauty.
The statement said when the market was completed, it would serve both as a tourism attraction and source of employment to the teeming youths across the state and the country.
It added that the Managing Director, Abuja Market Management, Ltd, Abubakar Usman-Faruk, said that 350 allottees had completed payment for their stalls.
It said they were only waiting for the inauguration to enable them to begin operation.(NAN)