The Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Olajumoke Akinjide, has inaugurated the Karu Community Plaza I and Lugbe Relocation Market constructed at the cost of N3.4 billion, to replace dilapidated structures.
Akinjide said on Thursday in Abuja during the inauguration that the plaza and market would improve the living standard of the people of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
She added that the projects would be managed by the area council and private contractors.
Akinjide said the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had a security protocol in place for the safety of the market and plaza.
She described the projects as another landmark achievement by the AMAC Administration and worthy legacy.
“The chairman has courageously faced up to the challenge of rooting out dilapidated structures and replacing them with standard ones.”
Akinjide appealed to the beneficiaries of the projects to take adequate care of the structures and use them for the intended purposes.
“This is necessary to avoid the sanctions that will follow cases of abuse.
“You should also ensure that your shop premises are kept clean at all times,” the minister said.
The Karu Plaza comprises lock-up shops, market complex, cold room/meat shop and open market spaces.
In addition, the minister also inaugurated a heavy duty sanitation equipment procured by the FCTA Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) at Apo.
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Akinjide said the administration embarked on the procurement of the basic sanitation vehicles and equipment to reduce the cost of hiring.
She said the equipment included two caterpillar 938K pay loaders and two Mercedes Benz MB 3340 (6×4) Actross Skip Loader (RORO trucks).
Others are 49 of 12-cubic-metre refuse bins made from 4mm thick mild steel plate and 15,000 pieces of 240-litre waste receptacles.
Akinjide said the bins would be placed in the markets, motor parks and other commercial areas in the satellite towns and would be regularly evacuated with the trucks.
According to her, the waste receptacles will be made available at subsidised rates to the residents while the pay loaders would be used to evacuate illegal open dumps.
“I wish to implore all the inhabitants of satellite towns to buy the 240-litre waste containers for packaging their waste neatly, to enhance easy evacuation by our contractors”.
She said that SURE-P supported FCTA to defray 85 per cent of the total cost of the sanitation equipment.
In a remark, the Esu of Karu, Emmaunel Yepwi, thanked the minister, saying that the structure would help keep the community clean.
Yepwi appealed to the minister to facilitate the completion of phase II of the plaza, to alleviate the suffering of the community.
“The community will trade in a clean environment and when rain comes, it will not affect them,” he said.