4th July, 2022
By Salisu Sani-Idris
The FCT Administration (FCTA) has said plans are on the way to remodel the Dei-Dei livestock market to a standard befitting the status of the Federal Capital Territory.
Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, the Mandate Secretary for the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, made this known on Sunday while briefing newsmen.,
” Going forward, I have directed the Animal Husbandry Department to take full possession of the land while we also take a census of the livestock dealers that are currently operating there.
“The secretariat is determined to have a market that was all-inclusive with clearly delineated areas for different livestock value chain activities in line with global best practices.
“Our doors will be open to interested private companies to come in the areas of conversion of waste to energy, milk production, and other value addition projects,” he said.
The secretary appealed to dealers of livestock who might want to take advantage of the Eid-el-Kabir festive period to make a brisk business to avoid putting up illegal markets.
He warned that the task force has the mandate of the FCT Administration to not only confiscate the animals on sale but prosecute defaulters.
” Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. We have held a series of meetings with officials of livestock dealers in FCT on the need to call their members to order.
” We equally are appealing to residents to only patronise officially designated Livestock markets where we can guarantee the source of livestock to avoid buying stolen animals.”