Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has constituted an Eight Man Implementation Committee that would facilitate the movement of traders to the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday while receiving a report from the verification committee set up to investigate the illegal occupation of the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market at Kpantinapu saying that, he intends to make the market vibrant and as well decongest the Jalingo main market where people resident in the State capital and its environs will have a choice of where to go for shopping depending on the proximity.
He also commended the verification committee for coming up with exact numbers of shops and various types in the Ultra Modern Market and going ahead to allocate some to those that intend to start business at the market.
Darius Ishaku said the one hundred and one million, two hundred and thirty thousand Naira realised by the verification committee will be judiciously utilised, directing the implementation committee to implement all the decisions taken by the verification committee and allocate the shops appropriately to those that have made payments for the shops so that the market will take off immediately.
Presenting the committee’s report to the Governor of the State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason informed the Governor that in the course of carrying out their assignment when traders besieged the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market and allocated shops to themselves, the committee discovered there are about 2,134 shops of five different categories.
He further revealed that the verification committee allocated some shops to those that showed genuine interest in owning shops at the Market and realized the sum one hundred and one million, two hundred and thirty thousand naira which he said is in the custody of Taraba Savings and Loans Limited.
The SSG gave the breakdown of the shops in the Market as follows, large shops, one hundred and fifty in numbers out of which eighty eight have been allocated with sixty five unallocated, medium shops, 784 in numbers with 175 allocated while 610 are unallocated and small shops, 600 in numbers with 56 already allocated with about 544 still remaining.
While the semi lockup shops are 300 in numbers out of which 21 have been issued out, with 279 unallocated, also available are 300 open shops out of which 6 have been allocated and about 294 are still available.
He told the Governor that the committee has already issued out about 279 shops of different types to prospective traders and total numbers of unallocated shops stand at 1, 516 of the five categories.
The Secretary to the State Government revealed that at the end of the assignment people with papers were screened to ascertain the genuineness of their papers and also recommended that those who have been allocated shops should be made to immediately move in and commence business activities in the ultra modern Market.
The implementation committee has Shuaibu Ataka as Chairman and the members included Fred Audu Jankada, Joseph Bello from Ministry of Housing, MD/ CEO Taraba Savings and Loans, Tijani Magaji from Ministry of Finance, Lydia Wilson, John Ahmadu and Umar Columbus as the Secretary of the Eight Man Committee.