The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Emmanuel Bras-Yaji, made the disclosure in an interview with news men in Lafia.
According to him, the construction of the new markets are to boost socio-economic development and reduce unemployment and youths’ restiveness in the state.
“The state government has done its best in promoting activities in commerce and industry thereby improving on the standard of living of its people.
“Last year, the government built different modern markets such as Lafia Modern Market and Karu International Market among others to boost socio-economic activities.
“The government has now earmarked N3.1 billion for the construction of the second phase of Karu International Market and Keffi, Akwanga and Lafia Modern Markets respectively,” Bras-Yaji said.
He explained that N1.1billion was earmarked for the construction of Lafia Modern Market.
The commissioner said that N1 billion was set aside for the second phase of Karu International Markets and N500 million each for Keffi and Akwanga Modern Markets.
Bras-Yaji said the contracts were awarded to fight unemployment, reduce youth restiveness, raise the revenue base of the government and promote socio-economic activities.
He urged marketers in the state to join hands with the government to improve on the living condition of the people and to complete the building of the markets as scheduled.
Bras-Yaji restated the government’s commitment to embark on more people-oriented projects.
He urged Nigerians to live in peace and to tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliation for the overall development of the country.