Some residents within Bwari community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on relevant authorities to provide a modern market within the community.
They spoke with newsmen on Wednesday in Bwari, Abuja.
Mr Festus Iheanacho, a resident of Sabon-gari area said that the call was necessary as it would bring about development within the community.
“Look at the modern market in Kubwa and Dutse areas; these are areas under Bwari Area Council but apparently, they have undergone major developments than this area.
“We go out of this vicinity to buy foodstuff and other necessities from these markets because if you look at it, they are more equipped, structured and accessible.
“Moreover, it’s not everything you are looking for that you get in the local market here; in addition one does not know where to begin to look for a particular item.”
Iheanacho said that there is need for relevant authorities to liase with the FCT authorities to consider building structures that could be accessible to both traders and consumers.
He noted that there was need to dismantle ramshackle structures within the market areas, which formed an eyesore, causing the market to be unorganised.
Similarly, Miss Patricia Kanzo, another resident of Sabo-gari area said the provision of a modern market would create a hygienic environment where food is sold.
“It is not just about bringing clothing lines, electronics and other luxury; it is about the type of stores we purchase our fruits, vegetables and meat. This is very crucial.
“With a modern market, you have bigger distributors of all kinds of edibles and other goods and services, even leading to food security.
“This could also improve and strengthen the outlook of this place if it is very vibrant.”
Kanzo said that where food and agriculture has become the call of the day, community markets, if properly managed, would become an easier point of sell.
“Popular markets are created through clustering of activity which requires summing up of local food production and other goods and services, ” she said.
Mr Yohanna Amos, a trader said that the sale of nutrient- rich, natural and value added food was paramount as it also attracts and encourages visitors, while bringing about development in the community.
He noted that while food, goods and services would always be core, the idea of a modern market would also open the talents and interest in the region.
“Food will always be the core but how you build up will depend on local needs of the people, ” he said.
He however, advised that whatever measure the plans would take, shops and space should be made accessible to and within the reach of both major and petty traders.