By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Hundreds of traders and artisans living in Zaria have expressed appreciation to Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai over the new look of Sabon Gari Market Phase One project which began in January, 2020.
On an inspection tour to the market, some of the traders who spoke with our corespondent in an interview on Thursday commended the new look of Sabon Gari Market.
Chinedu a businessman, said: “Kaduna State Government has fulfilled its promises on putting the people first.”
He said that most of the traders now own their shops.
“We are glad, everything was done accordingly, you own a shop without any stress as a means of livelihood,” he said.
However he said that their old customers have lost their location, due to demolition of the former market, but that they are are glad that they have located the new shops and are now patronizing them.
“We are so grateful, as everything we have lost we will regain back,” he assured.
Our corespondent learnt that proposal for the modernisation of both markets has been in place for many years.
However, Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai fulfilled it as part of his campaign promises.
It was further gathered that the traders now benefit more from buying and selling as people patronise the market than before, unlike before customers have no car packing space, but now they have space to pack their cars for safety.
Speaking with the Project Manager, Rabiu Mohammed, he said: the phase 1 of the market comprises of 1,211 shops of different sizes, 2 by 2 square meters, sold for 500 thousand Naira, 3 by 3 square meter is sold for 1 million Naira, while the 3 by 6 square meter is sold for 1.5 million Naira.
The project is about 90 per cent completed.
He assured of the phase 2 completion very soon.
On the process of obtaining a shop, he said that there are three processes involved.
“In obtaining a shop, out of the wisdom of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, who has promised the shop owners that after the new construction of shops, they are going to come back and obtain their shops.
“Consequently, the first, is either you come and pay outrightly for a shop and we give you your shop.
“Secondly, you pay instalments and you will spread the payment in 24 months like 500 thousand Naira divided by 24 months and you will be paying every month.
“Thirdly, you will go through the Mortgage through Sterling Bank, whereby the Kaduna State Government will mortgage for shop owners that have been cleared by the market unions and they will give them their shops and they will pay back in five years and seven years,” he said.