FCTA Demolishes Apo-Dutse Pantaker Market Over Insecurity

By: Wisdom Acka

To reduce cases of insecurity in the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has demolished a popular pantaker market in Apo-Dutse and cleared all surrounding shanties.

That was the second time the FCTA demolition squad was returning to the notorious pantaker market in one year.

Speaking to journalists after the exercise, FCT Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, explained that the return became necessary following several complaints from members of the area over insecurity posed by activities of the pantaker operators.

He added that the exercise was also part of the FCT Minister’s determination to ensure residents slept with their two eyes closed with no more criminality in the FCT.

Galadima reiterated the resolve of his Department to clean up the entire 8,000 square kilometers of Territory to ensure all developments were in line with the tenets of the Abuja Master Plan.

He said: “It’s part of the direction of the new FCT Administration -everything we do we have to bring in elements of tax so that the people will contribute to city development and management.”

His words: “I am also an advocate of integration. That is integrating the informal sector because they contribute huge percentage to the national economy, so let’s look at it and study it to know how we can integrate it.”

“For me, a special team should be set up to look at this sector of the economy. If we can do that, I think we can generate so much employment, so much revenue, and maintain the sanctity of the city,” he added.

Galadima cited the ‘kilishi” sellers in Area One ShoppingComplex; saying initially they were not part of the complex but were later incorporated into it, “let’s have this kind of innovation within other sectors in the society as well”, he argued.

Revealing that his team would go to all other areas that have similar need for clean up, the Director called on his colleagues in other Departments to make available list of other areas so that he would do the needful.

Secretary, Command and Control Sector, FCTA, Dr. Peter Olumuji, who spoke earlier, disclosed that vandalized items such as manhole covers and cables, as well as stolen vehicle parts, includung plate numbers, among others, were found with the pantaker operators during an earlier enlightenment visit.

He stated that other criminal activities like rape of the girl and boychild were common occurrence in the area; adding that the team was there for a holistic security cleansing, not just removal of those shanties and trees that provided them cover to operate.