Army resettlement centre builds N1.5b Unity Market

Commandant of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan (middle) performing the groundbreaking ceremony of the N1.5 billion NAFRC Unity Market while Deputy Commandant, Major Gen. Suleiman Aliyu (right) and project consultant, Mr. Abdulmalik Salawu (left) look on.

Commandant of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan (middle) performing the groundbreaking ceremony of the N1.5 billion NAFRC Unity Market while Deputy Commandant, Major Gen. Suleiman Aliyu (right) and project consultant, Mr. Abdulmalik Salawu (left) look on.

The Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, this week performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the N1.5 billion NAFRC Unity Market to be constructed by AMAS Works and Global Services Limited.

The ceremony was performed at the project site, which is located at the centre’s Mammy Market, opposite Ladipo Auto Spare-parts Market, by the commandant, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan.

According to the commandant, the project consultant will finance the project under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

“Our own donation is the land as equity. The land has been valued at a particular amount and the project will be administered on a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement that would benefit NAFRC as an institution,” he said.

The Unity Market franchise will be leased for 30 years before the plaza becomes solely owned by the resettlement centre and the intention is to build a military-civilian collaboration and generate funds to expand facilities at the skills acquisition centre and create a pool for ex-servicemen to access funds for Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs).

Project Consultant and chairman of AMAS Works and Global Services, Mr. Abdulmalik Salawu, said the market, which will border the popular Ladipo Market, alongside Mushin and Oshodi markets, is a bridge building relationship that will project the image of the military.

“The project will be equipped with the best in modern infrastructure of a model market that will include a grocery plaza, warehouses, service outlets and different merchants will be accommodated in a serene environment where security has been guaranteed. Moreover, we have a convenient and long repayment plan that would last 30 years,” he said.

In the same vein, the NAFRC Commandant also commissioned newly upgraded eye clinic of the centre, which was donated by the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Officers Wives Association (NAFRCOWA) and which, according to the Commanding Officer, Johnson Udodi, is the foremost facility in the armed forces for eye care.

Coordinator of NAFRCOWA, Dr. (Mrs.) Reginald Morgan, said as an eye expert, she is always interested in the good health of the eyes. “When I resumed here in March last year, I discovered that the services at the clinic were not adequate. This propelled me to transform the centre clinic, which cost NAFRCOWA millions of Naira. The services are open to the resettlement centre community and her neighbours for free.”

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