A Multi-Billion Naira Kano Economic City, situated in Dangwauro town of Kumbotso local government area is set to take-off in December 2019.
According to the Field Engineer Afolabi Muhuyiddeen who assured the state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, during a site inspection, said “All things being equal the Phase One of this project will take-off by December this year, 2019. And we are doing our best to make this a reality.”
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Abba Anwar on Thursday.
Solacebase recalled that the project was initiated by the past administration and inherited by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The Economic City is a joint venture between the Kano state government and Brains and Hammers company, under Public-Private Partnership.
“As we promised when I was coming to the office, in 2015, that my administration would complete all abandoned projects by the previous regimes. This is because we believe that projects when completed, would benefit our people,” says governor.
By taking over the Economic City, he believes, that he would bring to the limelight the importance his administration attaches to PPP arrangement for the overall development of the state.
“My administration is particularly determined to make Kano a global city that can compete with any other city in the world. To have full and better economic potentialities for the benefit of all,” the governor says.
Kano, according to the governor, is fast becoming emerging modern economic city, striving to bring back the past glory on the global economy, “When Kano was not only the commercial nerve center of Northern Nigeria, it was a giant amongst many West African states. Kano is taking back that position under our leadership,” Ganduje reaffirms.
The statement said there are Ten Thousand (10,000) shops in the market, Phase One, with 38 of world standard warehouses, 280 Trailer Parks spaces, Inland Container Land (ICL) with 200 Trucks capacity spaces and 202 Trucks Parking Spaces among others.
Also, it said there are 43 Grain Silos in place, 4 filling stations, whereas 2 would be for Mega stations and the remaining 2 would be normal stations, there are spaces for large scale industries for processing leather, meat, and other identified commodities, in a modern way.
Pharmaceutical spaces are provided in the market, for drug marketers, which governor Ganduje sees as bringing more succor to the federal government policy of selling drugs in regulated areas.
For that Engr. Afolabi Muhuyiddeen says, “The Pharmaceutical areas in the market would also have offices of all agencies that are a concern with drug regulation. Like the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) among others.”
Muhuyiddeen reveals that they were in touch with all the leadership of Kano markets, whose activities have a direct connection with the newly emerging global economic city, “And they showed their readiness to come over to the new Economic City when it takes off, with passion,” he discloses.
Hospitals are also part of the structures being erected in the market for easy and hasty access to the health care delivery system. So also police stations are part of the structures to be seen when the market takes off.
Governor Ganduje also urged the contractors to speed up the work for the quick take-off of the long-awaited market. He further commended the plan for providing 24-hour electricity to the market, noting that, that would go a long way in making the market to be of global standard.
“Phone marketers should know that they are not left behind. Because there are large spaces provided for them to also participate in this new emerging global trend,” he says.
‘’President Muhammadu Buhari would come and lay the foundation for the gigantic project. “Though we have already started building many structures in the market, then-President Muhammadu Buhari will come and symbolically lay the foundation stone. Because of the importance attached to it,” governor Ganduje discloses.