The recent commissioning of Abuja/Kaduna railway coaches has led to a flurry of activities as new markets emerge across the various stop overs across the route. Mohammed Ismail captures the develoment.
The recent commissioning of the standard gauge coaches has led to a beehive of activities across the various railway stations located along the Abuja/Kaduna route as thousands of commuters travel intermittently between the two destinations.
The spike of human and vehicular traffic along the various stations since the commissioning of the coaches has led to a concomitant increase in economic activities as business minded people capitalise on the opportunity to make brisk businesses.
At the Rigasa end of the Kaduna/Abuja route, business men have already established a mini market to meet the day to day demands of the travellers that kept inundating the station by the day as activities at the station peaked up.
In order to coordinate their activities, the traders at the Rigasa railway terminus deemed it right to elect an interim leader who supervises and coordinate activities in the market so as to maintain some semblance of order.
Similarly, Keke Napep tricycle operators as well as their two-wheel motorcycle counterparts, commonly called Okada riders are making brisk businesses conveying the ever increasing human traffic to and away from the railway terminus.
Food and barbecue meat vendors are also getting substantial patronage from the travellers who find the market convenient for its ability to provide some of their basic needs without stress.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Friday over the new development, the ward head of Nassarawa Rigasa, Alhaji Abubakar Yakubu (Sarkin Nassarawa Rigasa) in whose domain the Rigasa railway terminus was located, thanked the federal government for citing the terminus in his domain saying that the gesture has started reaping bountiful benefits for his people as many of them whom were hitherto jobless are now gainfully employed.
“I must tell you that I am one of the happiest people on earth having this gigantic project located in my domain. I must commend the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari for commissioning this project which is a blessing to all Nigerians.”
“The economy of this area has been boosted through this laudable project and my happiness knows no bound. I want the government to extend similar developmental strides to all parts of Rigasa for the benefit of the teeming people,” he said.
He noted that a lot of breadwinners that were hitherto economically dislocated can now provide food on the table for their various families with ease as a result of the economic activities taking place in the area.
“We shall continue to pray for guidance to our leadership for peace and prosperity to prevail in the country,” he said.
He said that he is working in consonance with the security operatives to ensure the entrenchment of a water tight security around the facility, noting that his people will ensure that they guide and protect the railway facilities religiously.
In his comment, the interim chairman of traders, Rigasa railway terminus, Mallam Yunusa Mai Shayi noted that since they opened the market about a month ago, their businesses have been growing in leaps and bounds, noting that since he started selling tea at the market, he was able to feed his family without much ado.
“My business has witnessed steady increase since I opened it about a month ago, thanks to the increasing wave of travellers that are patronising this facility” he said.
Yunusa called on the government to reconstruct the road link leading to the area noting that the dilapidated road constitutes a serious cause for concern to all travellers as it may be a recipe for accidents.
A meat seller at the market, Mallam Mamudu Buhari, said he has been getting adequate patronage from the people who throng to his shop to buy meat noting that despite the economic crunch that the country faces, he is able to provide food for his family with ease.
He urged the Kaduna State governor to come to the rescue of both the travellers as well as the traders by constructing the road network that links the railway terminus with the rest of the city.
In a similar vein, another meat seller, Mallam Umar Mai Nama also called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, provide infrastructure including good road network, electricity and water to the area so as to provide ease of business for the traders in the market.