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Plateau, UK Firm Sign MoU On Rebuilding Of Jos Market

Simon Lalong, PDP
Posted: Aug 2, 2016 at 6:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Onoja Audu

 Jos – Plateau State Government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Roughton International London (UK) Limited in collaboration with Cynergy Associates Consortium for the redevelopment and enhancement of the burnt Jos Main Market.

The first phase of the contract on redevelopment of the market is to cost the state government N230 million.

Jos Main Market was razed by fire in 2002 under questionable circumstances and had remained in that condition until now that Governor Simon Lalong, on assumption of office last year, vowed to rebuild it.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Ezekiel Daju, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, who signed the MoU on behalf of the state government, said the Jos Main Market remained a critical project for the development of the state and urged the Roughton Company to use the project to attract investors to the state.

The commissioner the MoU was for the first phase of the redevelopment and enhancement of the market and worth N230 million.

The contractors were given 12 months to deliver the project.

Nde Ezekiel Gomos, Chairman of Project Implementation Unit (PIU), on his part, hailed Governor Simon Lalong for his determination to rebuild the famous market that had made Jos a hub for traders from across Nigeria and West African countries.

Gomos said 12 reputable transaction advisers bidded for the job, and later four were selected before one was eventually picked.

The PIU, comprising the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Jos Main Market Authorities, and Plateau Investment and Property Company (PIPC) said there was a  transparent bidding process which Roughton International became first and promised government’s total commitment in the re-building process.

In his address, Engr. Joseph Ikechukwu, Country Director, Roughton International, assured the state government that the company would carry out the exercise with diligence and meet up the target of 12 months as stipulated in the MoU.

Alhaji Najib Abubakar, Chairman, Traders Associations in Plateau State, expressed pleasure at the efforts to rebuild the market, saying that traders from all over Nigeria and even countries like Ghana used to travel all the way to Jos for business in the market.