DETERMINED to address the menace of street hawking in the Federal Capital City, the FCT Administration will commission and make the Abuja Regional Market, Dei Dei, operational in December this year. FCT Minister, Malam Musa Bello dropped this hint when he undertook an inspection tour of the on-going work at the over 6,000 shops market situated in Tudun Fulani, along Gwagwa-Suleja old road. The minister, who was represented at the inspection tour by the FCT permanent secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, revealed that the Dei-Dei Regional Market is sitting on about 86 hectares of land with over 6,100 shops to cater for the needs of Abuja traders. Malam Bello reiterated that the regional market would be provided with high quality facilities that depict its name, thereby encouraging high-level patronage from the traders and the shoppers alike. According to him, traders from the roadside are also expected to be evacuated and relocated into the market, as there is enough space to accommodate them. His words: “The structures inside the market had been abandoned for a very long time to illegal
occupants who use the facility as hideout for criminal activities and that, this situation must be reversed because the illegal occupants had already been evicted.” He lauded the enthusiasm shown by the traders to the efforts of the administration, as traders on the roadside have since been complying by relocating into the temporary space provided inside the market, pending revalidation of their papers.

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