By: Wisdom Acka
There was wild jubilation by traders as authorities of the FCT Administration reopened the popular Garki International Market Wednesday evening.
Recall that the Administration had shut down the market for about six days over poor sanitation state, citing concerns over health conditions.
Declaring the market open, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, explained that the Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, who directed the reopening was satisfied with the new state of the market after clean up.
Ikharo further stated that before the reopening exercise, his team had undertaken a thorough inspection of the market to ascertain its sanitary conditions and certified them fit before the exercise.
The Minister’s aide while speaking to newsmen during the exercise, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the management and traders of the market for swinging into action to ensure restoration of the sanity of the market.
He, however, charged the traders to ensure maintenance of a clean business environment in the market, warning that anything short of that would warrant an immediate return to the market for an indefinite shut down.
Ikharo also advised operators of other markets in the nation’s capital to clean up their markets or face similar fate.
Responding, managers of the market pledged they would always keep to the rules and directives by the Administration and not allow filth to take over the market any more.