His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has made it known that the Nasarawa State Government would ensure better utilization of the corridor to the Federal Capital Territory, to ensure a smoother flow of traffic, better hygiene and the effective keying in to President Muhammadu Buhariís diversification programme for the growth and comfort of residents of the state and those in the Greater Karu Area.
Governor Almakura made this known as he led a high powered delegation to inspect some areas of Karu and Mararaba with a view towards effecting some changes that would rid the area of gridlock and ensure traders/ motor parks do not remain a nuisance.
The Governor made it known that the comfort of the FCT would continue to be rendered by its neighboring states, stating that the Government of Nasarawa state would ensure the needed services and utilities are provided to the people by ensuring provision of roads, bridges and culverts in water logged areas.
He said the government has reconstructed 4000 shops in the Karu International Market, reviewed the concept with a view of changing it from an elitist view to a market that would carry all sorts of traders. Which would provide lockup shops for the big time traders , warehouses for the those interested in warehouse business and at the same time providing for the small time trader who are just making a living by the day.
He also said that Nasarawa state has keyed into the diversification programme of the President, not only in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors and but taking it into every sector especially the commercial sector. Stating that the government had concluded the construction and improvements that would enable activities in the market start immediately without any hitches.
Stating that the Government was in talks with the Presidency on what date Mr. President could come and commission the Karu International Market before the end of the year. He called on all owners of shops within the market to start getting ready to start business in the market ahead of the commissioning ceremony.
He disclosed that the they would evacuate all traders from the road sides ( from Karu international Market to the boundary to the FCT) into the market by providing them five hectares for use as open shop by those that cannot afford shops and enable them fit into the governmentís plans for diversification, and providing bus stops every 300 meters on both sides.
He called on all traders by the roadside traders and motor parks to relocate to the space provided within two week ,or be tagged as violators , stating that the government upgrade was working commending residents for complying with the sanitation programmes.
He also disclosed that the road Gurku Panda would be embarked upon with a view to constructing the three bridges and asphalting the road to ensure its completion before the end of the year.
Lastly, Gov. Almakura made it known that the value addition programme had commenced and theinstallation of streetlights with CCTV and wifi access was ongoing and would soon be running to provide added security and services to the people within the area.
The Governorís delegation included the SSG Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, the Commissioners of Lands, Works , Commerce, the General Manager NUDB, SSAs in charge Waste Management, Demolition Control , Greater Karu and other top state officials in charge of development , markets and security.
Taal is working , Nasarawa is changing.