By Remi Johnson
Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, today demolished the COVID Market situated in Gimbiya Street, Area 11, Garki Abuja.
Speaking during the demolition exercise in Abuja, the Director of AEPB, Mr. Osilama Braimah said the move was to guard against insecurity and environmental hazards in the nation’s capital city.
Mr. Braimah stated that the Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike recently directed that all illegal structures and shanties hindering the realization of the Abuja master plan be removed.
According to him, the move will also ensure an environmentally friendly society worthy of emulation.
He pointed out that AEPB had issued a two-month ultimatum to traders in the COVID market before embarking on the demolition.
Mr. Braimah stressed that the demolition was not meant to witch-hunt anybody but to make FCT a befitting nation’s capital.
He therefore advised traders to always carry out their business activities in designated areas to avoid being sanctioned.
While warning against street hawking in the FCT, the Director of AEPB reiterated the determination of the Board towards a clean environment.
He therefore solicited the support of the residents and stakeholders in realizing the objectives of the Board in the FCT.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David