Gombe Mobile Phone Sellers Cry For Government Assistance
Gombe GSM Sellers Association is groaning.
They say they lack the support of the Gombe State Government as they toil to boost their business and improve economic activities in the state.
Chairman of the association, Auwal Umar, told Bounce News that the Gombe state Government has ignored them for a very long time despite their effort to provide jobs for young people.
He said the GSM business, which started in 2007 in the state, has been going on without the help of the State Government except for the building of the GSM market by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in 2014.
He said the association's members could not occupy the spaces due to their poor financial background.
According to him, “The government just built this market without consulting us, we would have stopped the government from building too many shops like this.
“The government should have built few shops with a very big shade where our members can showcase their goods in show glass just like the GSM market in farm center Kano, Jimeta in Adamawa and any other states with modern GSM markets in Nigeria”.
The Gombe State Government had in 2014 built a 1000 capacity GSM market plaza in Pantami Quarters and ordered the relocation of the GSM sellers from their old site in the shopping complex of Gombe Local Government.
It was gathered that this is part of the State Government’s plan to ensure security and regulate business activities.
While commending the State Government for the effort, Umar alleged that the project which started in good faith has been politicized.
“Most people who were given shops in this market are politicians or traditional title holders who have no business here”, he added.
He said the association has over 10,000 members, mostly youths who have to sell their family inheritance to start up the business.
“Look we have GSM Engineers who can invent phone if given the opportunity”, Auwal Umar stated.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Science and Technology said the state government is aware of the plight of the association and is focused on resolving all challenges.
The Director, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the state Ministry of science and technology, Gideon Maidawa said;
"I have printed and given them about seven hundred forms to fill and submit to the ministry for registration and certification, we are still yet to get back the forms".
"If somebody wants to follow up on government to assist them with loan he would a list or a register to convince the government to do that and that is what we don't have," he stated.
He added that the state government has introduced a new revenue drive aimed at, "getting them to register will help in their revenue collection.
“You see if not for the revenue they pay to the local government and the maybe they pay for business premises to commerce and industry I don't they have been coming up to play their role in terms of revenue generation for the state".
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