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Why Kebbi locals want 100-year-old koko local market upgraded

The district head of Koko, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Koko and the business community of Koko, Besse local government area of Kebbi State have made passionate…

The district head of Koko, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Koko and the business community of Koko, Besse local government area of Kebbi State have made passionate appeals for Sabuwar Kasuwar Koko to be expanded and transformed into an international market.

The community leader said Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu should consider their request in view of the historic record of the market which has served the state for over 100 years.

He begged governor Bagudu to fulfill his campaign promise to them by turning the market into international one with construction of more shops and the provision of basic infrastructure.

“Even as it is today, the market attracts a lot of people from different places talk less of when it becomes an international market, we begged the governor for its completion,” he said.

The Chairman of Koko Besse local government area, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said if the market was expanded and completed, it would serve as major revenue base for the local government area.

The Chairman of the Market Traders Association, Muhammadu Koko ( Sarkin Kasuwar Koko) recalled that Governor Bagudu pledged to upgrade the market to an international standard during his campaign trip to the area.

He said so far, the governor had indicated his commitment towards completing the project. He called on him to expedite action on it in order for the market to continue to attract international trade and business.

“I must thanked the governor for identifying the importance of the market and his pledged to turn it to international market like that of Ambursa, Argungu, Aliero and Jega,’’ he said.

He said traders from Benin and Niger republic do come to do business in livestock, grains, pepper, wheat and fruits.

“People from States like Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Kwara and far away Lagos state also patronise the market. The market currently has over 100 shops, administrative building, fenced and large area for expansion,” he said.

 

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