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Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Traders happy with Bello over evacuation of refuse at Zuba Fruits Market

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

By Stanley Onyekwere

Traders at the popular Zuba Fruits Market, in the nation’s capital are happy with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, for facilitating the evacuationluation of ‘monumental’ heap of wastes in the market.
PeoplesDaily recalls that following a Ministerial directive, officials of the FCT Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) recently evacuated the notorious heap of wastes, hitherto daily posed as unavoidable mortal danger to traders and people who patronise the market.
According to the traders, the Minister through his intervention has brought succour to them, as they have been battling with the menace for many years.
They spoke through Secretary Nigeria Fruits Sellers Association, Zuba Branch, Abuja, Alh. Tijani Yahaya Keffi, last week, during an unscheduled visit by STDD officials to assess the situation in the market.
Tijani said it was the first time that any FCT Minister was interested in knowing the plight of traders in Zuba Fruits market, and after listening to them, brought succour to them.
He recalled that five years ago, the Association wrote letter about the hitherto uncleared heaps of refuse to the then FCT Minister, who promised to visit the market, but till he finished his tenure, he never did anything.
“We appreciate the intervention of the government in clearing the wastes in the market, as no FCT Minister has done so before.
“We thank God that this present FCT Minister, after we wrote and visited him in his office, directed FCT Permanent Secretary to visit the market to assess the situation for possible intervention by the STDD.
“The STDD Coordinator visited us and promised to clear the wastes within two weeks, but he evaluated all the refuse in market even before two weeks time.
He said to ensure that the cleared refuse collection point in the market that get full soon, the Association is providing 24hours surveillance of the place.
He however called on the government to ensure that the effort by collecting wastes in the market every three or four months, because it’s a popular and busy market in FCT.
“We are dealing with many people from different states of the federation, who daily come to the market, to buy goods here. So the government should do more to keep the place clean,” he stressed.
Speaking after inspecting the cleared refuse collection point, STDD Coordinator, Hon Yamawo Tanko, expressed joy over the current state of the place, which he said was encouraging.
Yamawo commended the leadership of the traders for now controlling how the wastes generated in the market can be dumped and collected for proper evaluation.
This, the STDD Coordinator said will make it easy for the government to effectively collect wastes around the environment.
His words: “Here, there used to be a huge heap of of wastes for many years, and the first time I visited the market, the traders told me that they have been writing series of complaints letters to previous FCT Administrations, but there was no response.
“But I made a promise that day that this current government is going to respond to their request, and we have done that, by evacuating the wastes.

“And as you can see, we have expanded the market for them, because after the wastes evaluation, they now used the space to expand the market.
“And they are happy, because they have paid me a visit, thanking me and the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello for evaluating the wastes from the market.”
On measures in place to sustain the effort, he explains that : “beyond the evacuation, the measure we want to put in place now, is to ensure people pay for wastes.
“We will have a stakeholders meeting with the Marketers, to see how we can tax them. It’s not a levy that will be above their business; just some little Naira that they can be paying to the government, to help sustain what we have started.”

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