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Nigeria: FG to Upgrade Dawanau Grains Market
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Posted to the web November 27, 2006

Mustapha Isah Kwaru

The federal government is to upgrade the famous Dawanau Grains Market in Kano, to meet international standard with a view to promoting commercial activities of the area and economy of the country, the minister of Commerce hinted in Kano.

Dr Aliyu Moddibo, who spoke at the ongoing 27th Kano International Trade Fair, said Dawanau would be turned into a cash market where modern information and communication facilities would be installed.
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Similarly, Dr Moddibo explained that a website will be provided for the market where extensive information on all available commodities and their prices will be posted.

The minister who acknowledged the importance of the market to the development of trade and commerce, suggested that stakeholders in the industrial sector should join forces with government to ensure that the market retain its glory.

He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Commerce will open an office and its officials would be posted to inspect business transactions in the market.

Dr Moddibo however allayed the fears of traders on the new initiative just as he admonished them to give their support.
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In his remarks, the president of the Kano State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), Alhaji Sulaiman S. Baffa, urged the state government to hasten the completion of the construction of the permanent trade fair complex.

Alhaji Baffa said completing the project would do away with the tedious and uneconomic annual erection of temporary pavilions, saying the minister should assist the chamber to ensure the release of N40m federal government’s contribution for the completion of the project.

The chairman regretted that until recently, participation at the trade fair has drastically dropped due to inadequate pavilions coupled with inability of the chamber to reach the larger community.

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author:  Daily Trust (Abuja)
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date:  29 Nov '06