Developer allays fear over Utako market remodelling
Following the apprehension by shop owners on the impending remodelling of the Utako market, located in Jabi District, Abuja, the developer handling the contract has said negotiations being brokered by Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), are ongoing and almost concluded with genuine shop owners and members of the board of trustees in the market.
Engr. Rabiu Sa’id, the Director, MN Ataj Construction Ltd., an Abuja-based real estate development company handling the remodelling, said “we are about to start the actual construction work, it will be in phases – three phases in all. We are not going to demolish the market, we will start from the vacant parking space in front of the market then we move on.”
Engr. Sa’id further said that no shop will be demolished in the market for now as the re-modelling will be done in five (5) phases.
“The first phase was concluded in 2010. The phasing process is designed in such a way that before any trader is displaced, an alternative shop in the newly re-modelled section would have been provided.
“No doubt the present structures and layout of Utako market is dangerous and does not provide a safe and conducive business environment. The remodelling will bring about a modern, safe business environment befitting the status of the FCT.
“Nobody will be displaced from the market, and we are going to have multi-level car parking and we are going to introduce lift in all the blocks which will be linked together by special corridors,” Sa’id said.
He added that about 2,100 shops would be provided, tripling the about 700 existing shops