The Garki International Market in Abuja has remained closed since Friday, May 6, following the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)’s declaration that the market failed to comply with sanitation regulations.
Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of FCT on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, recently visited the market with the Director Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Osilama Braimah, and expressed concern that despite the market’s closure, garbage was still visible throughout the market.
Key highlights from the news:
- The FCTA insists that the Garki International Market will remain closed until the traders adhere to sanitation regulations. According to Attah, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, is committed to maintaining a clean and safe Abuja, which means that necessary measures must be put in place to uphold the standard.
- Although the AEPB is eager to reopen the market, Braimah has expressed dissatisfaction with the level of hygiene at the market. The board has repeatedly visited the market, and each time they found that it was still in a deplorable state, very filthy.
- The market’s closure has resulted in a significant financial loss for traders, some of whom have reportedly lost billions in the last few days. Some traders have attributed the accumulation of waste to their refusal to pay the current service charge imposed by Abuja Market Management Limited. However, they have promised to ensure that the market’s cleanup is completed if it is reopened.
The traders have pleaded with the Abuja Market Management Limited to reduce their service charges, which some believe are excessive.
They have also asked the FCTA to reopen the market and have promised to comply with sanitation regulations to prevent future closures. Although the AEPB plans to reopen the market soon, the board has reiterated that it would not do so until the necessary sanitation standards are met.