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FCTA may shut down Area I market – Official

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday, in Abuja threatened to shut down the Area I Shopping Complex and Market over alleged unwholesome activities…

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday, in Abuja threatened to shut down the Area I Shopping Complex and Market over alleged unwholesome activities by traders.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Malam Umar Shuaibu, issued the warning when he visited the market with other senior officials of the administration to ascertain the genuineness of several complaints received about the market.

Shuaibu said that the mall which was the first in Abuja needs to meet the desired standard.

”The market has places earmarked for different purposes but the traders have thwarted the whole plan.

”The administration will take stringent measures as soon as the committee sets up to review the situation submits its report.

“The committee comprises FCT strategic agencies, departments and secretariat. So, as soon as the committee finishes its work, we will commence enforcement. Some structures will be removed with others relocated,” he said.

He regretted that the informal sector in the area had littered the entire place without taking into account best hygiene practices.

“We are in the market on a fact-finding mission because of the several reports and complaints we have received.

”The whole place has been littered, especially by the informal sector. There are areas reserved for walkways, pedestrians and parking. This area must be used according to what was planned.

“We are going to restore sanity by removing all these illegalities. The places that require relocation and removal will all be addressed,” he said.

He said the market was recognised internationally and must be in conformity with set standards. (NAN)