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In a bid to boost trade in Mombasa County, the county government has opened the Shika Adabu Retail Market in Likoni Sub-county.
Before it’s alteration, the Shika Adabu Market, which now has 87 trading spaces and new features including a cold room, shops, fish and meat outlets, had dilapidated infrastructure and few trading spaces.
Governor Ali Hassan Joho accompanied by local leaders including. Trade CeC Fawz Rashid opened the market, with the county through the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment pledging to modernize retail markets and carry out installation of modern stalls which has created an enabling environment for businessmen and customers alike.
Last week, Joho opened the famous Marikiti Market after undergoing a three months face-lift.
“The opening of this market comes at a time that our economy is in dire need of stimulation in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The county government of Mombasa will waive all charges to traders operating in the market for the remainder of the year. We will also continue supporting the traders with incentives to restock their goods,” said Joho.
The governor pledged a liquidity assistance of Ksh. 30,000 to each of the 86 vendors in the market to kick-start their operations as the County Government considers to waive the rates and rents for these vendors.
“As a nodal point on a major trade highway we are confident that this market shall grow into an unstoppable engine of socio-economic growth for the people of Likoni and the entire County,” said William Kingi, the deputy governor.
The County Government of Mombasa has affirmed its commitment to improving lives of residents by initiating and completing development projects in all the six sub-counties.
Governor Joho, during the event, directed relevant departments to ensure construction of health facilities such as dispensaries in Likoni sub-county are completed in the next two months.
Joho visited Likoni sub-county accompanied by area MP Mishi Mboko, among other local leaders, where he called on the national Land Commission (NLC) to speedily compensate families that have been affected by the proposed construction of the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone, whose groundbreaking was made in October 2019.