Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA vows to restore sanity in markets

ockquote>The Federal Capital Territory Administration is worried over the rate of criminal and illegal activities at the popular Gudu electrical and auto spare parts market.

Officials of the Abuja Market Management Limited have however vowed to restore sanity to the market and all other major markets where several rules are being flaunted by traders.

A combined team of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation and the Enforcement squad of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, on Friday, stormed the market for sensitization where they issued a 72-hour ultimatum to illegal traders, with a warning of imminent enforcement of a court order to rid the market of all illegalities.

The Managing Director, Abuja Market Management Limited, Arc. Ibrahim Uzaibat, confirmed that traders had been alerted over several contraventions and illegal activities tarnishing the image of the market.

Uzaibat said all major markets in Abuja have approved blueprint that must not be compromised, and that comprehensive sanitation exercise had commenced in some of the markets to restore sanity and shoppers’ confidence.

“Court order has been issued to the traders for them to abate these nuisances. This intervention exercise is billed to take place anytime soon. Before it happens however, on behalf of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, we wish to inform every trader, shop owners, market users and other stakeholders in Gudu market Abuja of the plan to sanitize the market of all illegal incursions, trading activities in unauthorised places as well as all criminal elements ", Uzaibat noted.

The chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, said the exercise had become necessary, as the market had been overtaken by illegalities that threaten public safety.

Attah noted that the nuisance created by the traders in the market is a "disaster waiting to happen".



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