Sallah celebrations: FCTA warn against makeshift ram markets
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has rejected a proposal by the ram dealer’s association to create makeshift markets to meet customers’ demands in the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, who made the minister’s stance known at a sensitization campaign in some designated markets in Abuja, said the administration has prohibited the proliferation of illegal markets within the city.
He said the that FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, refused the proposal of the ram dealers in order to avoid abuses of the city's aesthetic make-up which gulps energy and resources to maintain.
Attah said the administration cannot allow the gains of the ongoing city aggressive sanitation to be swept away by such illegal markets, which going by hindsight has serious sanitation and environmental consequences on the city.
He noted that FCTA has approved ram markets at Kugbo, Dei- Dei and all the Abattoirs within the city where both those selling and buying rams and other animals can interface for their trade.
He further clarified that the minister was also considering the option of creating a temporary selling points at some outskirts locations, where ram dealers could use and two days after the celebrations the places will be dismantled and disinfected.
According to him, ram dealers who defies the directive to sell at the illegal markets would have their rams confiscated and distributed to orphanage homes, prisons and other vulnerable persons.
He further stressed that a mobile court will sit to try violators and an order of permanent forfeiture would be sought over confiscated rams, while convicted violators will face the law.
“The minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bello in his decision as the manager of the city, said we should not allow indiscriminate ram markets to come around every corner within the city during this Sallah period.
“The minister said there are approved selling points within the FCT, the Dei-Dei ram markets, Kugbo and some of the markets within the Abattoirs. Also we have approached the minister on the need to have designated selling points, because the rams coming into the city during the celebration may overwhelm these approved markets.
“We will not be allowing every street to have ram markets, especially at the hearts of the city. We have warned those involved in the illegal markets to desist, because any ram we find in the illegal markets will be confiscated and the Mobile Court will sit for us to apply for permanent forfeiture for the rams. The rams will be given to those in, orphanage homes and others.”