The biggest market in Kano State, Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market in Sabon Gari, has launched a digital studio.
The facility, when completed, will be used for capturing the relevant data of traders operating in the market. The move is expected to boost e-commerce.
“Nowadays, you can be in Nigeria and sell your goods to any country in the world,” Kano’s commerce commissioner Ibrahim Mukhtar said about the project.
“This 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.
Mukhtar said the project is in line with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s policy of changing the face of business in Kano. He urged all traders in the area to join the initiative.
“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 said.
The Managing Director of the market, Uba Zubairu Yakasai, said the project was prompted by the way traders were gradually moving towards e-business, especially during lockdown.
Yakasai also said the project would help check illegal businesses in the market, especially in the area of selling illicit and fake drugs in the market.
The project targets registering 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.