Kano State Agro-pastoral Development Project (KSADP), funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Funds, has awarded contracts totaling N600,366,356.56 for the improvement of Dawanau International Grains Market in Kano, the largest grains market in West Africa.
The contract for the construction of a four-kilometer road, a four-kilometer drainage system, and street lights in the market was awarded to Labor Technical Services Ltd. at a cost of N508,112,771.85, while the contract for other infrastructure, including three blocks of lavatories, a mosque, a police outpost, offices, and a conference room, was awarded to AITEC Infraconsult Ltd. at a cost of N92,253,584.71.
Expected to significantly change the face of the market, these projects will be supervised by AKAM Consultants and will be completed within 12 months from the date of site possession.
Shortly after signing the contracts under the supervision of the state Ministry of Justice, the KSADP State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, explained that “the projects were intended to improve the standard of the market, given its contribution to the state’s economy.”
“Upgrading its infrastructure makes doing business easier and attracts more internally generated revenue. It is also envisaged that with the enhanced status of the market, more jobs will be created,” he emphasized.
Malam Ibrahim added, “Although traders in the market will face some inconveniences during the project’s execution, it is expected that the traders will be patient and cooperate with the contractors to ensure the smooth execution of the works.”
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Dr. Faruk Kurawa, said the state government is deeply interested in the market and will strictly monitor the projects to ensure value for money.
The chairman of the Dawanau Market Association, Alh. Muntaqa Sani, and representatives of commodity associations, who spoke during the handover of the sites to the contractors, thanked the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihood Funds for investing enormously in the transformation of the market.
Meanwhile, the project contractors, Labor Technical Services Ltd. and AITEC Infraconsult Ltd., represented by Hadiza Abdulkadir and Engr. Abdurrazzaq Isah Umar, promised to deliver quality work within the stipulated time.