Contract for Renovation of Jos Main Market To Gulp 230 Million Naira
A N230 million 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 has been signed.
The multi-million naira Jos main market was the first of its kind in West Africa. It was constructed during the late Chief Solomon Lar’s regime but was burnt down during Chief Joshua Dariye-led government in 2002 – a disaster, which since then, has crumbled the business of the state.
The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Ezekiel Daju, who signed the MOU on behalf of the State Government, said the Jos Main Market remains a critical project to the development of the state, and urged Roughton Company to use the project to attract investors to the state.
He said, this is the first phase of the project, which is by signing of the MOU, and it’s meant to redevelop and enhance the market. The contractors were given a period of 12 months to complete the renovation.
Speaking also, the chairman of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Nde Ezekiel Gomos, commended the governor for his determination to re-build the multi-million naira Jos Main Market, which had made Jos a hub for traders from across Nigeria and West African countries.
He said 12 reputable transaction advisers bided for the contract, out of which 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.
Country Director of Roughton International, Engr. Joseph Ikechukwu, assured the state Government that, the company will carry out the exercise with diligence and meet up the target of 12 months as stipulated in the MOU.
Chairman, Traders’ Associations Abuja Market, Sabo Adamu, said, if government is doing something, nothing should not polarize it, but should do it with the fear of God. He commended the effort of government 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.