Gombe state: Mobile phone business creates over 6,000 jobs

Abdullahi Idris, Gombe

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The Association of Mobile Phone Sellers in Gombe State says the business has created over six thousand jobs in the state.

The Chairman of the association, Mallam Abdul-Azeez Umar Turaki, who made this known to Voice of Nigerias explained that people between the ages of 18 and 40 were the ones running the business, which had contributed immensely in the eradication of unemployment in the state.

Mallam Turaki said the association had different units, which make mobile Phone sellers, repairs and those engaged in downloading music and other software for customers.

He called on the Gombe State Government to invest in the cell phone Business, by building a modern Market for Cell Phone business and providing soft loans, because current location of the market is too small.

Mallam Turaki said there were over one hundred and forty shops in the shopping complex, but only 35 had been allocated to it members, while the remaining ones had been shared between Politicians and traditional rulers.

He lamented that all the 105 shops had not been sold to them or rented to the businessmen in Market.
The Chairman of the Association of Mobile Phone Sellers in Gombe State also appealed to the Federal Government to help train those engaged in mobile phones repairs by linking them to the Countries that produce phones to enhance and boost the business in Gombe State.

Speaking on Security in the business Mallam Turaki appreciated the support giving to them by the Nigerian Police and said any fairly used phone brought to the market for sale would not be accepted and sold by them without it Receipt or the Carton.

He also said in a case where the seller is stranded and would want to sell his phone, the seller is made to provide his Identity card and the phone number of his next of kin, so as to protect members of the association from buying stolen phones.

The Chairman of the Association of Mobile Phone Sellers in Gombe State, said also called on judges to reduce sending people to jail on issues that could be handled within the members of the community where the offender comes from.

He said most of the youth engaged by the association in Mobile Market, committed offences because they had were not permanently operating any business.

Umar Muhammed is a Mobile Phone Seller, who confirmed to Voice of Nigeria that he used to engage in theft, but had repented because the Association Mobile phone Sellers in Gombe State had provided job for him, where he is now self employed.

Peace PIAK