By: Wisdom Acka
The popular Area 1 Shopping Complex will wear a new look by Monday, as all attachments will be removed.
This is as all the attachment shops and other illegal constructions, and the wrong parkings which hitherto made that place impassable to traffic would be removed and the whole environment cleaned up, restoring the complex to it’s old neat self.
This development was arrived at by authorities of the FCT Administration (FCTA) made up of the Departments of Development Control, Security Service, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, as well as the Abuja Investments Company Ltd, in a meeting with traders of the market.
Director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, disclosed this weekend after a meeting with traders and owners of shops at the Complex at the Diplomats Park, behind the Centre.
Galadima told the traders that the current people-friendly FCT Administration decided to meet with managers of the market so as to reach an understanding before carrying out the cleaning exercise.
Accordig to him, the congested nature of the market, its unhygienic and untidy conditions were not good for any emergency and health of the residents dwelling around the vicinity.
His words: “The way the market is, it’s very congested and unhygienic and therefore, not good for the safety and health of the traders and customers as well.”
He insisted that all the ‘kilishi/Suya’ sellers would be located under one roof, parking spaces inside the market would be restored and that they should have one source of energy, instead of littering the market with generating sets, causing noise pollution.
“God forbid, but imagine if there is any fire outbreak in this market, it will be disastrous, and rescue operations impossible,” he added.
“As a government, we do not have to wait for that to happen before we take action. Remember we were here last year to do some clean up, but this time, it is different. We are going to remove all the attachments, and create space inside the market for parking,” the Director reiterated.
We are not happy with the traffic situation caused by activities of this market, so we will sanitize it in line with the vision of the Nyesom Wike-led FCT Administration in sanitizing the Federal Capital Territory”, Galadima said.
He called for support of all stakeholders of the market; stressing that the Administration would make necessary arrangements to provide alternative shops for those who would be affected by the clean up.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, Usman Utaru thanked the FCT Administration for thinking it wise to meet and inform them of the plans to remove illegal structures in the market.
Usman pledged that they would assist the authorities in sanitizing the market since it was also for their good.