By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano –
Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has commissioned the multi storey ‘Yantebura Mall in Kantin Kwari market, in Kano City, constructed by the state government in collaboration with a private investor, at the cost of over N4 billion.
The project consist of 4, 128 shops and complementary infrastructure within Kantin Kwari market, such as nine roads, pedestrian walkways, street lights, drainages and a police station. A mosque would also the constructed in the area by the Ganduje Foundation.
Speaking during the occasion, which was graced by the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Yusuf Abdullahi Ata and the state commissioner of Police, Rabi’u Yusuf, the governor stated that the project is aimed at enhancing the economic status of petty traders.
“Kano is a centre of commerce not only for Nigeria but also for West Africa so we decided to improve this market, which is one of the biggest textile markets in this country, to boost business activities in the state,” he said.
“This project is part of our market reforms. It is sad to see petty traders in the sun, enduring heat and rain. Their wares are often affected by climatic conditions, implying that their capital is also affected. That is why we conceived such a project to settle them in malls which are the first of their type in this country,” the governor stated.
He said collapsible metal stands have been provided for the traders, pointing out that such infrastructure, unlike wooden stands, would not fuel fire incidents.
Governor Ganduje said prospective occupants of the mall were screened to ensure that only genuine traders, who were earlier registered in a census of the market, were allocated stands within the facility in the interest of fairness.
He enjoined the traders to keep the mall and it’s surrounding clean and to cooperate with the market management ensure smooth commercial activities.