Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Allottees of shops and warehouses of all markets within the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have been implored to embrace the ongoing verification and recertification exercise, aimed at streamlining and uplifting the standard of markets.
AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, made this call yesterday while flagging off the issuance of certificate of allocation to allottees of shops and warehouses in FHA Lugbe Market.
Candido said the Council embarked on the exercise, in order to ensure all markets are captured in the Council’s computer-based-system for proper documentation, security and safety of allocations.
The Chairman represented at the occasion by his Vice Chairman, Lawrence Onuchukwu reiterated that the process of exercise as a corrective measure was meant to confer originality and value to all markets certification of allocations.
He reassured that the Council shall continue conducive and enabling environment for business activities to thrive in the AMAC, while traders are expected to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring order and good conducts in their operations.
According to him, the commencement of issuance of certificates of allocation to some allottees in Lugbe Market, was in fulfillment to his administration’s promise to correct all the anomalies in the process of shops allocations and operations of markets in the Council.
“Titles of our market property were valueless and worthless in the public domain due to proliferation, fraudulent practices and racketeering by miscreants. And as a result, the public especially business men and women lost confidence in our markets.
“Therefore, as a responsible government and in order to repair the damage and uplift the standard of our markets, we decided to embark on the exercise to enable us provide accessible data for all markets within the Council, and come up with harmonized allocation letters for re-issue to allottees of shops/warehouses as certificate of allocation.”
In her remarks, the Chairman of FHA market traders Association, Oluchi Atu, described the exercise as a welcome development, which will help sanitize the market.
While commending the current leadership of AMAC for initiating the exercise, she however appealed for the intervention of the Council in providing amenities in the market, to make trading activities enjoyable.