Kano’s Biggest Market, Sabon-Gari Goes Digital


One of the biggest markets in Kano State, Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market in Sabon Gari has launched a digital studio for database capturing of traders operating in the market.


When it is completed, the event will be captured, all important informations of all sellers in the market and will enable it equalise with all it’s global counterparts in terms of e-commerce by displaying all their available wares to prospective buyers online.


During the launching of the facilities in Kano, Barrister Ibrahim Mukhtar, the state’s Commissioner for Commerce said the innovation will support in improving the security, budget and planning, as well as putting the market in the global sphere.


Mukhtar said: “Nowadays, you can be in Nigeria and sell your goods to any country in the world, which means that your income, customers and even revenue generation will be increased and the government will also be proud of this market.


“This kind of innovation, the issue of internet, you have to go with time.


“If you don’t follow time and this technology, it will be very difficult to catch up with time, and you’ll be left behind in terms of development, and Sabon-Gari maybe somewhere else, God forbid,” he said.


The commissioner also stated that the project is in line with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s policy of changing the face of business in the state, adding that it just started with Sabon-Gari before other markets in the state also follow.


Barrister Mukhtar restated that the project had so far been successful, saying that he is expecting all the traders in the market to come and have themselves register.


“Let there be cooperation from the traders so that they will be part of the exercise, have their data and information captured and they will benefit from it,” the commissioner added.


Similarly, Alhaji Uba Zubairu Yakasai, the Managing Director of the market said that the project was prompted by the way sellers were gradually moving towards e-business, especially during the lockdown.


Zubairu also said that the project would support in checking illegal businesses in the market, especially in the area of trading illicit and fake drugs in the market.


H-forbes reports that the project targets the registering of all the shops in the market to enable buyers from all parts of the world access goods in all the shops and even transact without necessarily physically going there.