Rams should not be sold anywhere other than the places that are authorized to do so in the Federal Capital City, according to a statement from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
Comrade Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, gave the warning while inspecting the designated locations on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Attah, the authorities would not allow anyone to sell rams throughout the city.
He issued a warning that anyone caught selling ram in an unapproved location will have their ram seized and face legal consequences.
When that occurs, he asserts, the government will appear before the judge and request a forfeiture order; if that is granted, the ram will be confiscated and taken to orphanage, less privileged homes and prison.
According to him: “The position of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has remain the same in the last three years and even more tougher this year.
” The minister said there is nothing wrong in bringing rams for sales in Abuja during this global widely recognise festivity.
“But what the minister found inappropriate is and kept telling each and every one of us is that we should not allow selling of rams in none designated areas particularly in the city centre.
” Except at spot that are already earmarked for such purposes like the abattoirs, ram market at Dei-Dei, Kugbo ram market and some other few ram markets.
“But outside the designated areas it will not be allow by the authorities,” he said.
Attah hinted that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) headed by Mr Osi Braimah, had set up a committee which has been up and doing.
He explained that the the committee had been reinvigorated to check the sales of ram and warned persons not to sale ram in an areas not designated.
He, however, advised ram sellers to contact AEPB for proper guidance on how to go about selling the rama without violating the law.