BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja –
The Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned traders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to desist from displaying and selling their wares on the walkways or risk arrest and prosecution.
Speaking during the removal of building materials markets and other petty businesses along the walkways and corridors of Oladipo Diya Street, in Gudu district, the departmental monitor for the area, Bolatito Babatunde, explained that the exercise followed several sensitisations and abatement notices to the affected traders.
Babatunde noted that the traders have taken over the walkways and the road corridor of the road thereby causing obstruction of human and vehicular traffic in the area.
She revealed that three of the traders have been arrested and fined N20, 000 each by a mobile court sitting in the area, just as she pleaded with other traders to move into the Gudu Market for their business.
Also speaking, chairman of Gudu Building Materials Traders Association, Ambrose Ahamefuna, thanked the department for giving adequate notice to members before embarking on the removal exercise.
Ahamefuna, however, pleaded with the FCTA to provide for more building material markets in the area, so as to accommodate some of their members, who have been displaced by the exercise.