Karmo – A Commercial Hub In Abuja
Karmo market, located in Karmo town, is the major market for the people of Idu-Karmo community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The market which started on a humble note as a small market for the residents of Karmo is now a popular market that attracts people from within and outside Abuja. The market operates daily with Tuesdays and Fridays being major market days for the trading of different wares that are not seen on daily basis.
On Tuesdays, people come from far and nearby places to buy and sell goods like food stuffs, cloths, bags, jewelleries and even fruits and vegetables. The population that visits the market on Tuesdays usually cause both human and vehicular traffic along the road because of its popularity to people who reside in and out of Abuja.
Fridays are mainly for the buyers and sellers of second-hand clothes, shoes and bags, as people from all over the city visit the market to shop for and buy goods at very cheap and affordable prices.
According to a costume and makeup seller, Mr. Yusuf M. Basirka, ‘’The market is usually very busy especially on Tuesdays because people come from all over the city to buy goods from this market and also people from within and outside FCT come to sell their goods which
give the buyers a wide range of varieties as alternatives to choose from.”
He also said that goods are cheaper in Karmo market compared to other markets like Wuse market thereby making the market stand out and attract more buyers. ‘’I have been selling in this market since 1990 that I came to Abuja and have compared it with other markets,’’ Yusuf said.
Mrs. Stella who also patronizes the market said the market is where she buys most of her things, ranging from food stuffs and vegetables to cloths and jewelries and because the price is affordable but sometimes it’s difficult to access the market owing to the terrible traffic which can cause someone to spend hours in a vehicle while trying to access the market.
Blessing Chukwu who is a fish seller in the market also lamented the terrible state of the road leading to the market where food items are sold. She said, “The road is bad especially when it rains. The road is usually very slippery on such occasions and customers would not want to come inside the market; rather they would buy from the people selling by the road side.’’
But despite the terrible traffic and bad road leading to the place where food items are sold, Karmo market remains a bee-hive of activities for people within and outside Abuja.