Before Eid Al Adha in 2022, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned shopkeepers against selling rams to anyone.
According to Dsmedia24, the Islamic holiday known as Sallah will most likely take place on July 9 and July 10, 2022.
Prior to the event, the FCTA said that it would not support the marketing of rams and similar animals at particular specified areas in the city.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, stated that if people proceeded to sell rams throughout the city, they would be in violation of the administration’s directives while inspecting the designated locations on Thursday in Abuja.
The government representative issued a warning that anyone discovered selling rams in restricted areas will have their property taken and face legal consequences.
When this occurs, according to Attah, the administration will go before the judge and request a forfeiture order; if this is granted, the ram will be transported to orphanages, homes for the least fortunate, and prisons.
Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the FCT Minister, has held the same role for the past three years, and his job has gotten much harder this year.
“The minister stated that it is OK to transport rams to Abuja for sale on this widely observed holiday.
“But what the minister considered improper is that we shouldn’t let selling of rams in not approved areas, notably in the city center, as he kept telling each and every one of us.
“Except at locations that are already designated for such uses, such as the abattoirs, the Dei-Dei ram market, the Kugbo ram market, and a select few other ram markets. However, the authorities will not permit it outside of the approved zones, Attah said.
He further revealed that the committee established by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), which is led by Mr. Osi Braimah, is active.
He forewarned that in preparation for the holiday season, the officials had been refocused on monitoring the activity of the traders.
However, he suggested that ram vendors get in touch with AEPB for the right advice on how to conduct legal sales of their rams.