20 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) has issued a 72hours ultimatum to traders trading in unauthorized areas at the Gudu market to desist from all forms of illegalities or stand the risk of been served a court order.
This Ultimatum was given when a combined team of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB officials conducted themselves round the market to inspect and sensitize the traders on the dangers of erecting illegal structures on walkways and car parks.
Managing Director, Abuja Market Management Limited , Mr Ibrahim Uzaibat, confirmed that traders had been alerted over several contraventions and illegal activities tarnishing the image of the market.
Uzaibat who pointed out that all major markets in Abuja had approved a blueprint that must not be compromised, said a clean up exercise had commenced in some of the markets to sanitize and restore confidence in shop owners and customers.
According to Uzaibat, this intervention exercise is billed to take place soon. Before it happens… 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.
On his part, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Comrade Ikharo Attah said security and safety in the market cannot be compromised, hence, the importance of the proposed clean up exercise, adding that many traders had converted walkways and car parks as their personal property
Comrade Attah said the implication of blocking walkways and other illegalities could be so devastating in an event of fire outbreak.
His words: “The traders have turned walkways and the car parks into warehouses…72 hours had been given to them, and if they don’t comply, FCTA will have no choice than to force the court order, totally shut down the market and clean it”
Also speaking, the Head of Enforcement Squad, AEPB, Alhaji Kaka Bello confirmed that the 72 hours’ ultimatum was given to enable various unions in the market call their members to order.