By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe on Wednesday assured Sheikh Abubakar Gumi marketers of government’s decision to support them.
Dr. Hadiza Balarabe made this known when a delegation of Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Market traders came on a courtesy visit to Government House in Kaduna.
Speaking on government’s decisions, she said: “We are going to extend palliatives to the market as well as give them money to establish, the state government is doing its best to support.
“The government is putting in place palliatives to support them to do better, to stand, to boost them and also to reduce poverty”.
Dr. Balarabe noted that the lockdown made the marketers to exhaust the funds for their businesses therefore, they had a discussion with the market association on efforts of the state government.
She also commended them for efforts put in place to come to government house to thank the state government on measures they have taken to open the market and also to solicit for their support.
Hadiza, explained that they have arranged a kind of Mortgage from the bank to help them. “This will be easy, and make them comfortable while they go about their normal businesses,” she explained.
Explaining further, she said, “Whatever things you have gotten at the end of the month it is actually yours and these palliatives that state government will be giving to you will make you to stand and everyone will have something doing to be self reliant.
The deputy Governor informed them of stages in palliatives.
“We are to ensure that the marketers own the shops they using and it is actually theirs, not actually rented.
She urged them to continue to dialogue with them and also trust some of the decisions government is taking on their behalf to render support.
Hadiza reminded them of the state government’s priority towards putting people first, she added that, they should always contact them when assistance is needed.
The leader of the delegation, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Daudawa reiterated that the state government’s decision to boost the marketers.
“Even though most of the traders are in critical condition, they have spent all they had. Our appeal is for the state government to support us,” he said.
He assured of their readiness to support the state government.