FCTA demolishes 500 illegal structures after 24 hours ultimatum

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished over 500 unauthorized structures at the popular Karmo Market in Abuja. in Abuja to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance safety in the area.

The demolition exercise was overseen by Garba Jibrin, the assistant director of the sector monitor in the Department of Development Control. Jibrin stated that the administration decided to demolish the market due to the persistent traffic bottlenecks caused by the market since the inception of Abuja.

Jibrin stated that the administration decided to demolish the market due to the persistent traffic bottlenecks caused by the market since the inception of Abuja.

There has been serious gridlocks on the Karmo road which has made it very difficult for motorists and residents of the area to access the road on a daily basis,” Jibrin explained. “So, for us to make it easy for Abuja residents, the minister said we should open up the road by ensuring that all the bottlenecks along the road are cleared.”

The FCTA has provided a new market facility for the displaced traders, which has been fully built and is ready for occupation. Jibrin emphasized that the administration has carried out extensive sensitization and notification processes to ensure a smooth transition for the traders.

The director has held meetings with stakeholders of this market more than three times. We even served them 24 hours’ notice and this is 48hours after we served them the notice. We sincerely carried them along, that is why there is success in this operation,” he said.The FCTA has also made efforts to accommodate the traders by offering a one-year free operation period in the new market and subsidized rates thereafter.

The demolition exercise also aims to address the security concerns in the area. Dr. Peter Olumuji, the secretary of the Command and Control Centre, FCTA, stated that the Karmo community has been an unplanned settlement, which has led to increased criminal activities in the area.

These people during the night time go into all types of crimes, even those who ply these routes are not safe from their nefarious activities,” Olumuji said. “What we have come to do here in conjunction with the development control by clearing this place, is going to reduce the crime rate within this axis.

This move by the FCTA is expected to bring significant improvements to the traffic flow and safety in the area, while also providing a more organized and secure market environment for traders and residents alike.

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