The Kaduna State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure businesses in the State are made convenient for traders.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe stated this when she received a delegation of the Kaduna State Traders Union of Sheik Abubakar Gumi Market on courtesy visit in Kaduna.
She disclosed that, government would support those traders whose businesses were affected during the lockdown with some kind of palliative to help them grow and as well, boost the economy of the State.
She said; ”plans are underway by the state to begin commercial sales of shops at the Sheik Abubakar Gumi market but that, priority will be accorded to shop owners rather than new buyers.
“We will be making arrangements with the bank for mortgage to help them to acquire shops and the money will be spread for a long time.”
Dr Balarabe called on the traders to continue to dialogue and to also trust some of the decision government takes on their behalf.
“If they have any superior argument, we are ready to listen because we are a government that put people first because we want to make life better for people,”the Deputy Governor added.
Ibrahim Daudawa, the Chairman, Market Union and Traders Association, Sheik Gumi market pleaded with government to look into their matter and make the process easy for the occupants of the shop to own it, if not, a lot of people will lose their shops.
He expressed their collective gratitude to government for being willing to work with them in terms of various arrangement on the sales of shops.
“We are calling on our members in the market to remain calm since we are going to be fully involved in the process which is for the benefit of all.
“The state government informed us that they are drawing out modalities to support small business owners to boost their businesses and also to cushion the effects of the lockdown period because most of the traders are in critical condition,”Daudawa said.
The General Manager, Market, Tamara Nandul says the sales of shops will begin on Monday and it has three options which are either to pay outrightly, by installment or by mortgage.
She called on the market union and traders to see the mortgage scheme as a palliative.
According to her, government will be contributing 30 percent cost of the shop while the marketer will pay 70 percent.
Source: Voice of Nigeria