By Mary Amodu
The Kubwa/Maitama market is undoubtedly the oldest and biggest market in satellite town in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory with about 3.8 hectares located in Kubwa Village.
The market which was relocated from the Maitama district of Abuja when the original inhabitants of Maitama were relocated to Kubwa was last week commissioned after it was remodelled by H&I Construction Ltd in conjunction with the Bwari Area Council.
Kubwa like several other satellite towns in Nigeria’s Federal Capital; Territory has continued to grow by the day, with new layouts being developed to facilitate the rapid socio-economic transformation of the city.
The market, before it was demolished was turned into a place of unwholesome activities by hoodlums and miscreants, and was a source of concern for the management of the council.
However, the Council decided to demolish and remodel it to provide a safe and conducive environment for commercial activities but it first had to deal with the legal technicalities of relocating the traders, who traded in the market hitherto, and this was done through a Memorandum of Understanding.
The market was originally built during the tenure of Nasir El-Rufai as minister of the federal capital territory as a result of public private partnership PPP with similar markets in kauru, Wuye, and Garki township of Abuja.
With the reconstruction of Kubwa market, it seems to have gone out of the league of other market created by the El-rufai administration, making it a new hub of commercial activities in the whole of Abuja.
In its new model it consists of 1,500 shops, facilities in it would include cold rooms, fire service stations, and restaurants. This is no doubt a symbol of the beginning of good things to happen to Abuja metropolis.
Speaking recently at the commissioning of the market now known as Maitama Ultra-Modern Market, the Director H&I Construction Ltd, Engr. Rabiu Sa’id, said the market was upgraded to a total of 1,467 new shops, warehouses and cold rooms of various sizes from about 300 makeshift stalls.
Sai’d said, “ The actual construction work started about two years ago and completion was achieved in 20 months.
According to him, facilities provided in the market include parking spaces, police and fire service stations, a banking outlet and about 50 toilets located at strategic positions in the market.
He added that the market was one of many market projects the company, which is a subsidiary of M.N Ataj Construction Ltd, has undertaken across Nigeria.
“Very soon we will start the modernization of the Mpape Village market. We will also commission the 1st Phase of the modernization of the Utako/Jabi Motor Park, the 2nd Phase of the modernization of the Garki Market before the end of second quarter of this year. These are among numerous projects spread across Kano, Abuja, Kaduna and Plateau states,” he said.
Also speaking on the development, the chairman, Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko said the market is one of the most beautiful in Abuja.
He said: “ Bwari Area Council in conjunction with H&I Construction Ltd will in the next one-week commission the Dawaki Electronics Market.
“ Council in partnership with developers, has made tireless efforts to expand infrastructure in the area council, and called on the FCT authorities to allocate more land to the area to ensure that the satellite towns are fully developed.
He however added that all is now set for the commissioning of the 1st Phase of the modernization of the Utako/Jabi Motor Park and the 2nd Phase of the modernization of Garki Market.