Katsina State government has started allocating the multi million naira model markets built across the 34 council areas of Katsina state
Indication to this effect emerged after an interaction with the Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Abdulkadir Zakka who said that the government was working out modalities to put the markets into use.
Our correspondent reports that the immediate past administration in the state had constructed modern markets with lock-up shops in each of the 34 council areas.
The markets, situated in communities across the council areas with each LG having one, were part of measures to strengthen economic activities and boost revenue generation for the council areas.
The delay in commissioning the markets is raising some concerns more so as the Council areas in the state are battling with lean finances which made payment of salaries a herculean task for about 24 out of the state’s 34 LGs.
Zakka said government has started giving out some of the markets noting that those of Charanchi LGs and others have been let out for use.
He said, “We didn’t abandon the markets as alleged. We couldn’t have. What is happening now is that Government is taking steps to put these markets into effective use and very soon, they would be made available for public use”.
A cross section of economic and investment experts who spoke to our correspondent said the government’s decision to abandon the markets amounted to wastages as the millions sunk into building them are not being utilised.
“This is a government that claimed it was all out to boost internally generated revenue especially at the Local governments, but it look the other away as markets, that if properly used could boost economic activities, are made to waste away unused” a respondent who didn’t want to be named in print lamented.