Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the release of an additional one billion naira towards completion of the ongoing reconstruction works at the Maiduguri Monday Market which was razed in February, this year.
Zulum announced the latest intervention on Monday in Maiduguri during an inspection visit to the market to assess the progress of rebuilding.
The governor also announced September 2023 as the target for reopening of the market which has been closed for five months to undergo reconstruction.
“I want to assure you (traders and the people of Maiduguri) that we shall complete this reconstruction work very soon, insha’Allah. I am aware of the exigencies you have been facing, however, be assured that in the next 30 days, a maximum of 35 days we will complete this work bi-iznillah. Maiduguri Monday Market will reopen on or before September 10 insha’ Allah”, Zulum said.
He added, “In view of the foregoing, I want to announce the release of another 1 billion Naira to hasten the completion of works.
Zulum noted that the construction work will include the remodeling of the market where many traders lost their shops.
“We decided to remodel the market to allow vehicular movement inside, we put in place drainages for the free flow of sewage and rainwater. As a result of the remodeling, quite a number of shops have been demolished. To accommodate those that have lost their shops, we are building an additional number of smaller shops.”
It would be recalled that the Maiduguri Monday market was engulfed by an inferno on the 26th of February, 2023, after which the governor released an initial one billion naira as an emergency palliative for affected traders.
Zulum released another one billion naira to kick-start the reconstruction of the market with a 23-member committee inaugurated to supervise the work.
The governor visited the market a number of times to supervise reconstruction works.
Zulum, in his latest visit, commended the committee for their commitment to ensuring the market is put back on time.
“Let me convey my deep appreciation to the chairman and members of this committee (for their good job)”, the governor said.