By Tajuddeen Ahmad Tijjani
Let me draw the attention of the listening Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Muhammad, to the nail-biting hardships of Azare New Market, Katagum LGA, on the urgent need to construct rural roads in the said area for the economic development of the zone and beyond.
Azare is the Bauchi state’s second-largest city and is also the headquarters of the Katagum zone. It is bordered on the east by Damban LGA and Potiskum, Yobe state. On the south by Misau local government and Jama’are local government in the west; and on the north by Itas/Gadau LGA. All these towns rely heavily on the Azare market for their commercial activities. That’s why Azare economic viability is very significant, particularly in the state and northeast in general.
Remember that the former Central Market was destroyed by fire on June 18, 2018. This caused traders and business people to relocate to the new market built during the military administration of Theophilus Bamigboye. Though recently, the market was expanded, and new shops were erected with the donations made after the inferno of the old market. Unfortunately, this new market lacks a rural road that would facilitate the transfer of goods and farm produce from rural areas to markets with significant concentrations of demand.
Unfortunately, the fire that destroyed the ancient market spread due to a lack of access roads for fire engines. The lack of roadway pavement in the new market, God forbid, could exacerbate the situation. Also, the government should checkmate, as a matter of priority, new allocations of shop spaces by local government administration, particularly around the current access road, to avoid repeating previous mistakes.
The new market is situated off Kano road. However, lack of access road delays in conveying farm products and movement of people to acquire their daily demands. In the same vein, people find it very difficult, especially during the rainy seasons. Moreover, drainage and flooding cause severe hardships to the people. It looks like a pond, especially after rainfalls.
Governor Bala has made infrastructural development a top priority without a doubt. This has transformed the narrative. Necessary infrastructures are essential for growth. As a result, we’re appealing to our state’s workaholic leader to come to the people’s rescue. Internal Revenue will perhaps increase due to this because the inflow of goods and services will be greater than before.
For Bauchi to become the envy of other states, good infrastructure must be put in place, which would, indeed, attract investors to inject their resources into the state. We’re all aware of how insecurity has drastically retarded development in the northeast. Thank God, Katagum and Bauchi are relatively peaceful, which made them a destination for economic activities. But, without good roads, the gains made, would be diminished.
Tajuddeen Ahmad Tijjani writes from Galadima Mahmoud Street, Kasuwar-Kaji Azare, Bauchi State.