Vice chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon Lawrence Onuchukwu said the shop verification, recertification and computerisation exercise of the various markets, under council is to checkmate the activities of fraudsters in the council.
He made the declaration in his office during an interactive session with journalist yesterday.” When we came in, we discovered that there were so many lapses in our shops and properties. So in our wisdom, we decided to put the record straight, hence the shop verification, recertification and computerisation,” he said.
Onuchukwu added that the days in which government properties were nobody’s property and government business, as nobody’s business are over, adding that the present administration will do everything within it powers to protect government property.
He disclosed that the market committee’s project will be commissioned on the 15 August, adding that the exercise is a replica of Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), which is aimed at producing a comprehensive data of exact number of shops in the various markets and issue a document to shop owners.
“We are not just computerising their shops, we are going to give them a document that is just like that of AGIS, which will be practically impossible for a fraudster to change,” he said.
Onuchukwu also revealed that the exercise requires a certain token of commitment on the part of traders, who are expected to pay the sum of N10, 000.
“The traders will be required to pay the sum of N10,000 for the exercise that will give them a genuine paper that can be used as a collateral in transactions with the banks,” he said.
He however pleaded with the FCT administration to return markets taken away from the area council due to poor management. “We are also pleading with the Honourable Minister FCT to see reasons why these markets should be returned to the area council. Anywhere in the world, markets are managed by area councils.
We were made to understand that poor management were the reasons why these markets were taken away, but I can assure you that this government has people who have the capacity to manage these markets and keep AMAC clean,” he pleaded.