Brains and Hammers Limited, the developers of Kano Economic City have disclosed that phase 1 of the Kano Economic City has reached the completion stage. This disclosure was made by Mallam Muhammed Aliyu, director of the company, and chairman of the implementation committee of KEC when he conducted the media round the project recently.
Planned to be developed in three phases, phase 1 of the Kano Economic City is made up of one thousand (1000) units of duplex, luxury and basic shops dedicated to pharmaceutical wholesalers, and another three thousand (3000) units of shops designed for the information technology section popularly referred to as “GSM” village.
Speaking to reporters, Mallam Muhammed Aliyu noted that KEC is an appropriately-timed project in Kano State; necessitated by the quantum of commercial activities and cross-border trades facilitated through the State. These commercial activities have substantially outgrown existing market facilities, and as such dense congestion of the markets and its environs has accelerated wear and tear on existing infrastructure. This has led to huge financial losses emanating from uncontrollable fire outbreaks & other menaces which occur almost on an annual basis in recent years.
Knowing that the last purpose-built market in the state was implemented in the 1980s, it was from a point of development, job creation, and commerce enhancement that Brains and Hammers decided to partner the state government in conjunction with Jaiz Bank to develop a major economic hub and Export Processing Zone (EPZ) with well-crafted components which would include over 80,000 square meters of Mega Wholesale & Retail warehouses.
In the words of Mallam Aliyu; “the primary target market for the project are the Kano traders who would be excited at an opportunity to expand their trades in a strategic location that provides excellent infrastructure, has heavy clientele traffic potential – local, regional and international patronage, and is easily accessible. Traders’ would be excited about shop ownership in a market that provides a desirable ambiance and offers significant levels of market dominance & a sense of trade distinction within the Kano trader community.”
He added that; “while the primary target market is Kano, KEC would unequivocally serve other traders in Nigeria and across West Africa whose business value chain activities interlink with Kano markets and businesses. It is our vision to deliver an economic hub that provides the complete commercial, hospitality, and work-life experience backed by best-in-class infrastructural facilities for the people of Kano, Nigeria, West Africa, and the entire sub-Saharan African region.”
With eyes set on the completion and commissioning of phase 1, the Project Director, Dr. Abdullahi Gambo hinted that with the pace of work currently on-going, the company is working assiduously to ensure that phase 1 is ready for commissioning by the state government by early February 2021.
Dr. Gambo said; “With phase 1 at its completion stage and within our planned delivery timeline, our sights are fixed on the delivery of the KEC dream. The dream is to create a major economic hub and export processing zone with well-crafted components that would include over 80,000 square metres of mega wholesale and retail warehouses. The project would also include shops, trailer parks, passenger motor packs, a conference centre, petrol stations, hotels, malls, and medical facilities.”
“The project would possess all infrastructural requisite to ensure functionality, with all amenities and detail that typify a community that has a knack for optimal quality and excellence. The Infrastructure to be provided would include an ultramodern water distribution network, storm-water drainage system, foul water drainage system, electric power supply, and distribution, street lighting, twenty-four hours security, telecommunication ducts, and other essential plug and play facilities that typifies an efficient trade community.”
The Kano Economic City Project is the construction of a world-class, premier international economic city on 117 hectares of land in Kano State, Nigeria. The Project would represent the largest economic hub in Northern Nigeria and is designed as an architectural focal reference point for major market development projects within West Africa. The Project is a Public-Private Partnership between Kano State Government and Brains & Hammers Limited.
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