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FCTA threatens to shut Area1 shopping complex

Following the myriads of unwholesome activities noticeable in Area-One shopping complex,the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, has mandated a committee to critically look into the activities going on in the complex for possible review.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu made this known to newsmen when he led top management team for an on the spot inspection of the complex in Abuja

Shuaibu who expressed dissatisfaction over what he described as an eye sore in the area, threatened to shut down Area 1 shopping complex market over offensive and Unwholesome activities carried out by the traders.

Shuaibu said the complex which is among the first malls constructed in the city center is expected to meet the desired standard , because it is internationally recognized.

“We are in the market on a fact finding mission because of the several reports and complaints we have been receiving. we have observed abuses, compliance, and even in the compliance there are some that will be corrected. Said Shuaibu.

He said The committee comprises of FCT strategic agencies, AEPB, Transportation Secretariat, Urban and regional planing, Development Control.

“It is a collective responsibility. So, as soon as the committee finishes it work, we will commence enforcement. Some structures will be removed while others will be relocated.The whole place has been littered especially by the informal sector, there are areas reserve for walk way, pedestrian, packing. And this area must be used according to what we earmarked it for. we are going to restore sanity by removing all the illegalities.” He said.

Also, Director Department Of Development Control, Muktar Galadima who lamented about the unhygienic practices of the traders said the department is ever ready to roll out it’s bulldozers whenever the need arises.

On his part, the Market Managers, Ibrahim Mohammed pledged the readiness of the traders to collaborate with the FCT Administration in restoring sanity in the market.

“we will try our best to comply to whatever they directed us to do. ” said Ibrahim Mohammed.

Reporting by Remi Johnson, Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Omotola Oguneye