Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA screens Dei-dei livestock allocation papers

 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced the restructuring of Dei-Dei livestock market, with screening of allocation papers to pave way for rapid and orderly development. 

The Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, flagged off the verification exercise last week for shop allottees and it is expected to end by June 6. 

Our correspondent gathered that most spaces allocated for shops between 2003 and 2005, are yet to be developed, thereby leading to erection of all kinds of illegal structures and shanties, making it unable to serve the purpose for which it was established. 

However, the administration noted the need to completely restructure and review the planning and implementation of Dei-Dei livestock market to meet its potential, thereby improving service delivery in the livestock sub-sector of territory. 

Speaking to journalists in Dei-Dei, chairman of the screening committee, Engr. Gbemi Omole, said the exercise was aimed at authenticating the ownership of the shops towards the delivery of enhanced market by the administration. 

He explained that the objective is to create a conducive and secured market environment for the market operators and consumers alike through outright removal of temporary structures and shanties, which were used as residence and hideout for criminal activities. 

According to him, the process will lead to expansion of the livestock trading areas to accommodate additional traders that would be relocated from various parts of the city centre, who operate illegally especially during festive periods. 

"The envisaged expansion should include reducing the number of existing shops, which entail the redesigning of the entire structure in order to provide the required additional space, more organized structure, leading to the creation of a befitting market of international standard and enhanced revenue generation. 

"Also, structures will accommodate businesses that will provide support services to the livestock activities there. This will result to creation of additional job opportunity for livestock operators," he stressed. 

Also speaking, Manager of the Market, Mambo Mohammed, decried that several years after, the market is so disorganized and unable to realise the purpose for which it was conceived. 

 

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