The Kano Economic City, also known as Kanawa International Market, will be commissioned for operation in February, 2021, the Project Director, Dr. Abdullahi Hadejia Gambo, has said.
The market, sitting on 117 hectares of land, is a Public-private partnership (PPP) project with the Kano State Government and Brains & Hammers Limited, with the former providing the land and the latter providing the investment with support from Jaiz Bank.
Planned to be developed in three phases, phase 1 of the Kano Economic City is made up of 1000 units of duplex, luxury and basic shops dedicated to pharmaceutical wholesalers, and another 3000 units of shops designed for the information technology section popularly referred to as “GSM” village.
Conducting pressmen round the site, Gambo said the idea was conceived to address the major challenges of the existing markets in Kano including lack of access and facilities.
He said the three-phase market will have at least 13,000 shops when completed as well as a trailer park that can contain 250 trailers and surrounded by around 500 warehouses.
Also speaking, Mohammed Aliyu, the Board Chairman for Kano Economic City, observed that building the biggest market in Africa (KEC) means it has to be able to compete with the biggest markets in the world.