Apo Mechanic Village, Traders To Be Relocated By FCTA

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FIC Report (Abuja) – The Coordinator of Abuja Municipal Management Council, Felix Obuah on Tuesday 25, June 2024 revealed to journalists in Abuja that mechanic village crises of fifteen years has been settled.

He further stated that AMMC, Federal Capital Territory Administration, will commence relocation of mechanics and traders operating on road corridors and buffer zones to Wassa.

During the meeting with seventeen recognised unions and sixteen others, Obuah announced to the mechanics and traders in the affected areas that the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has approved land in the Wassa community of Abuja for all the affected people to be relocated there.

Apo Mechanic Village in Abuja has been plagued by several issues which includes the threat of demolition and relocation by the FCT administration, overcrowding affecting over 1,000 traders, environmental concerns leading to orders to vacate the area, the need for traders and mechanics to provide their NIN to prevent double registration and conflicts between over fifty unions, which have now been consolidated into four.

Obuah said, “This issue of Apo Mechanic and traders has lasted for over 15 years, I am just three months old in this office and we have settled the issue, today they are happy, they are smiling and we are smiling.”

He added, “We have decided to relocate all the traders on the road corridor, buffer zone and the right of way to Wassa any moment from now and they are all happy. As I speak, the minister has approved, and even the task force to effect the movement is being set up.”

Obuah emphasised that the enumeration process will be thorough, requiring traders and mechanics to provide their NIN to prevent double registration.

He also clarified that allocations will be made to individuals, not unions, but union cooperation is necessary to facilitate the process.

Obuah has assured all concerned that the permanent relocation which will be within a month is to a new location in the Wassa community.