Traders took to the streets on Thursday, staging a protest at the entrance of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) office to express their grievances over the ongoing management crisis in the Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML).
The protesters called on the FCTA’s Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, to intervene and resolve the crisis surrounding the management of AMML following the removal of the former Managing Director, Abubakar Faruk.
Allegedly suspended by the previous FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, Faruk retained control of the office, arguing that his appointment letter was not tenured, and thus he could not be removed from office.
In response, the commission issued a letter of termination of Faruk’s contract on July 17, 2023, stating that while his role as a director would not be affected, he was to hand over all documents to the company as the MD. However, Faruk reportedly locked up the office and refused to vacate it.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Abubakar Dangara, the Secretary of the Wuse Market Traders Association and the FCT Amalgamated Market Traders, urged the Permanent Secretary to swiftly settle the leadership crisis in AMML.
Dangara emphasized the importance of knowing the authentic MD responsible for collecting service charges and revenue from traders, highlighting the need for clarity and effective management.
Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim, Chairman of the Arewa Traders Association, FCT Chapters, echoed the call for a definitive answer regarding the genuine MD, expressing concerns about potential neglect of traders’ interests in the absence of clear leadership.
In response to the demonstrators, Sunday Olubiyi, the Head of Internal Security of FCTA, addressed the crowd, urging them to remain calm and channel their grievances through appropriate channels. He assured the traders that the Permanent Secretary is actively working to address the situation and ensure the stability of the FCT markets.
The protesters seek a swift resolution to the leadership crisis, with hopes that an authentic and responsible MD will be appointed to ensure the welfare and interests of traders are duly considered and protected.