Why Garki International Market was sealed — AEPB

THE Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Osilamah Braimah, has explained that the closure of the Garki International Market was due to environmental issues and the potential risk of outbreak of an epidemic.

The market, located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was sealed off on Friday, May 5, by operatives of the AEPB.

Braimah said the Board derived no joy in sealing off the market but will be “failing in its responsibility, if the market is allowed to operate in its current deplorable condition”.

This was disclosed on Sunday, May 7, in a statement by the AEPB deputy director of information, Janet Peni.

The statement explained that environmental health officers of the Board noticed the unhygienic condition of the market while carrying out routine monitoring activities, a week ago.

“Following our standard protocol, we served them an abatement notice, giving them the required time allowable under law, to clean up.

“They ignored the notice and refused to clean up, rather the pile of garbage in the market premise grew worse,” Braimah said, according to the statement.

The AEPB went to court to obtain the order to seal the market.

“It is indeed a sad spectacle to behold fruits and vegetables being sold in close proximity to damaged sewer lines and heaps of garbage.

“Subsequently on Friday, over 5,000 traders who thronged the modern market in order to trade, couldn’t gain access into their shops as the market was sealed up.

“This means that every commercial activity grinds to a halt, because the situation as it is, is a recipe for an epidemic,” Braimah added.

The AEPB boss explained that promptly tackling a possible epidemic decisively is more economically beneficial than allowing trading to go on as usual in a filthy market environment.

He also noted that the Board can’t afford to place financial interests of the traders above the greater public health of the general populace.



    According to him, once the managers of the market undertake to clean up, the market will be opened.

    “As soon as they do the needful, we will go back to the court to obtain a court order to unseal the market for operations.”

    The statement revealed that the situation at Garki International Market remained the same even after a late evening meeting on Friday between the AEPB, Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) and shop owners.

    “Traders with perishable goods were allowed to evacuate their goods so as not to incur losses.”

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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    1. I recently came across your article titled “Why Garki International Market Was Sealed – AEPB” and I want to express my appreciation for providing insights into the reasons behind the sealing of Garki International Market. It is important to understand the circumstances surrounding such actions, as they have a direct impact on the livelihoods of traders and the overall functioning of the market.

      Your article sheds light on the explanations provided by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) regarding the closure of the market. By highlighting issues related to waste management, sanitation, and compliance with environmental regulations, you contribute to a better understanding of the factors that led to this decision.

      Ensuring proper waste management and sanitation practices in public spaces is crucial for maintaining a healthy and safe environment for both traders and customers. It’s encouraging to see that the AEPB is taking steps to address these concerns and working towards resolving the issues that led to the market’s closure.

      I appreciate your effort to provide the AEPB’s perspective on the situation, as it offers a more comprehensive view of the decision-making process. This type of reporting helps foster transparency and accountability among government agencies and promotes dialogue between stakeholders.

      It would be valuable to continue monitoring the situation and provide updates on the progress made in resolving the identified issues. This would help keep the public informed and allow for a better understanding of the actions taken to ensure the reopening of the market while addressing the concerns raised by the AEPB.

      Thank you for your dedication to reporting on matters that affect the community. Your coverage of this issue contributes to a more informed public discourse and fosters awareness of the importance of compliance with environmental regulations in public spaces.


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