The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has concluded plans to introduce an online shopping platform that would break the monopoly which the private sector enjoys now. The development would also be a measure that would curb the prevalence of fraudulent activities that often trail online shopping.
Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Limited, AMML Abubakar Faruk, explained that the FCT Administration was determined to take advantage of its well structured market management system to introduce the online shopping market in the territory.
Faruk said the site, which is powered by Abuja Markets Management Limited, a subsidiary of Abuja Investments Company Limited, is envisioned to become the biggest e-commerce website in Abuja and to take over the online shopping sector in Nigeria in the next couple of years.
He said that with this structured and organized system of market management in the FCT, it was possible to get in touch with any trader or shop in Abuja just by a click of the button.
“FCTA has been in the habit of taking first as far as market management is concerned –the first place to have a professional facility management company for its markets, the first to introduce an automated Access Control system in the market and now, the first online shopping presence for the traders.
“In providing this platform, AMML leverages its vantage position as a government wholly-owned company and as a body controlling the single largest group of traders in the country.
“By that, we mean that we are privileged to be a government company managing over 20 markets, shopping Complex/ Neighbourhood centres in and around Abuja and the number keeps growing; this strengths of credibility and population both of which are vital in this type of business is what we count on to deliver an online shopping service that will be one of the most sought after in the country”, he said.
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