FCTA reopens Dutsen-Alhaji market
Nine days after closure of the Dutsen-Alhaji market and Oloye Olajumoke shopping complex following the violence that broke out in the market, the FCT Administration finally approved the reopening of the business space.
The markets was shut down penultimate Tuesday following a disagreement between traders and officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board resulting in the burning of AEPB office in the area.
Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management, Ikharo Attah, said the decision to reopen the market came after a series of meetings involving Bwari Area Council Chairman, market managers and the traders.
Attah said that while all the stakeholders agreed that more time is needed to effectively ensure clean-up of the market, with the commitment shown by the traders the Administration decided to reopen the market for commercial activities even as the cleanup is ongoing.
“We believe that we need more time to clean up the market but with commitment from the traders, managers, the developers and Bwari Area Council, we also believe that it is apt for us to look at this from the lens of humanity and empathy, while we also do what we consider as appropriate.
“On that note, with the kind approval of the FCT minister, I announced that the Dutsen-Alhaji market which was closed 9 days ago is hereby declared open and trading activities are billed to commence tomorrow by 7am.
“We want to appeal that those who do not own shops in the market, either informal sector or lockup shops do not have any business in the market.
“We also appeal to traders to work and abide by the rules that they have all signed and we also appeal to market managers of both the Dutse market and the Oloye Olajumoke market to please not add any attachment to any market that that is not approved by the Development Control department.”
Responding, the Business manager, Eflaye International Limited, managers of Oloye Olajumoke market, Paul Poroku, thanked the Administration for the decision, witha promise to that the traders abide by the rules governing the market.
Also, the Chairman of Oloye Olajumoke Traders Association, Abdulaziz Gumel, promised that the Association will take upon itself to ensure that the traders in the market comply with all the laid down rules governing the operation of the market.