Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has directed relevant agencies of the administration to demolish all markets located along major road corridors in the territory.
This is coming on the heels of the ongoing demolition exercise at Gosa Market, along the Airport Road, that ignited a protest, which led to the blockage of the road for over four hours on Monday.
Bello, who paid an unscheduled visit to the market yesterday, stated that all markets along major road corridors, especially the Airport Road would be relocated gradually, while the relocation of Gosa Market would take immediate effect.
The minister gave an assurance that open markets in communities within the territory would still be allowed to function as it is customary to operate such market.
He urged traders in Gosa Market to move into the new location, adding that the old market was demolished because it has spilled into the Airport Road, causing nuisance and endangering the lives of traders and other road users.
The minister also instructed leaders of Gosa community to take over the management of the markets and provide security, avoid encroachment on road, and prevent dumping of refuse on the road.
Also speaking, the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido said the community has agreed to protect the road corridors to ensure that they don’t cause nuisance on the roads.
Candido said that AMAC would not collect taxes or any kind of levy on the new market till the market stabilizes in the near future.
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