9 December 2012

Nigeria: FCTA to Replace Wuse Market With Secondary School

The Federal Capitial Territory Administration (FCTA) is considering the removal of Wuse Market and replacing it with a secondary school.

The Director, Abuja Environment Protection Board , AEPB, Alhaji Isa Shuaibu, stated this yesterday in Abuja.

Shuaibu dropped the hint while the board was on a raid of illegal hawkers within the market premises.

According to him, the long term solution to the problem of hawking in the area is the removal of the market.

"The market attracts a lot of trading activities, especially through hawking, which has been prohibited by the FCT authorities.

"The authorities will have no choice than to comply with the original concept of the Abuja master plan, which originally planned for a secondary school to be located here.

"The minister is considering the removal of the market as I speak to you; he has set the plan in motion, though it will take a long time but definitely the market will be removed".

NAN also reports that AEPB in collaboration with officials of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), jointly carried out the raid.

Mr Kalu Eze, one of the hawkers, who spoke to NAN, decried the high cost of shops in the market.

Eze appealed to the FCT administration, to make provision for the less privileged to enable them trade for survival.


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