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FCTA reopens Dutse Market

The FCT Administration has reopened Olajumoke Akinjide market complex in Dutse-Alhaji, that was shut on Monday over what the Administration considered to be extreme contravention of land use act.

The Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who led a team to inspect the level of compliance, announced that business will resume on Friday.

Prior to the reopening, the market was closed over indiscriminate refuse disposal, clogging of drainages, creation of illegal umbrella markets, attachment at different corners, among other offences.

Comrade Attah however advised shop owners to prevent hawkers and petty traders from erecting attachment around their shops.

He also warned the market management to desist from allocating parts of staircases and other corners that affect free movement within the market.

”The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, directed that upon the intensive cleanup by the traders and management and every stakeholder here, that the Jumoke Shopping complex be reopened with effect from Friday morning that, the traders can commence trading that as far as he is concerned, the cleanup is satisfactory enough to ensure the safety and compliance to the AEPB as well as the urban and regional planning rules ” Attah noted.

A cosmetic dealer at the market, Alhaji Nura Umar who spoke on behalf of some shop owners expressed joy over the development, and pledged members’ readiness to abide by the rules.

The Vice Chairman of the market, Mrs Christiana Eze, who blamed the market managers for allocating every available corner and space to petty traders assured that henceforth, the traders will protect the market from all forms of contraventions.

Reacting, the manager of the shopping complex, Mr. Ezekiel Abiodun Olowookere promised that the environment will remain clean at all times.

Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Annabel Nwachukwu