The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took decisive action on Tuesday by demolishing an unauthorized marketplace known as “Kasuwan Dare.” The market, situated near the residence of FCT Minister Nyesom Wike in Asokoro, Abuja, was causing growing concerns due to its proximity to the minister’s residence and its impact on local residents and passersby.
The market, located on Hassan Musa Katsina Street in Asokoro Extension, Abuja, had been a focal point of criminal activities, despite ongoing efforts by the FCT Administration to address the issue. Mukhtar Galadima, Director of the Department of Development Control, emphasized the threat posed by the market to the area’s residents, noting that the vicinity had turned into a hub for criminal elements.
Galadima revealed that the market had been demolished multiple times before, only to be reconstructed and resumed its illicit operations. However, this time, the FCT Administration is determined to prevent its resurgence and ensure that the area is sanitized and restored to its aesthetic quality. This action aligns with the administration’s broader policy of enhancing the city’s cleanliness and orderliness.
The Secretary of FCTA Command and Control, Peter Olumuji, assured that steps would be taken to guarantee the safety and well-being of the local inhabitants. The Village Head of Kpaduma, Bitrus Yakubu, expressed gratitude for the FCT Administration’s intervention in removing the market and eliminating the negative influences it had brought to the community. He emphasized the positive impact this action would have on their area.
This resolute move by the FCTA showcases their commitment to curbing criminal activities, enhancing security, and upholding the well-being of the residents in the region.