By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has directed its bulldozers to pull down hideouts of scavengers, prostitutes, criminals, and drug peddlers in Wuse Zone 3.
The Senior Special Adviser to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah led the enforcement team to the area in Abuja.
Comrade Attah explained that Abuja is a planned city, hence the need for all developers to comply with guidelines of the Development Control Department.
His words: “This is the heart of the city and must not be turned into a den of criminals, scavengers, and prostitutes.”
In the heart of the city, where you have scavengers, criminals, brothels, and shanties, there are bound to be drug peddlers who sell drugs to them.” Attah said
According to Comrade Attah, the coordinator of AMMC, Mr Umar Shuaibu, received a petition from the neighborhood on the nuisances been perpetrated by some miscreants and took action.
His words:”We have cleared it before, but sadly, many of them rebuilt it within one or two months.We felt so bad that we could see the scavengers in their large numbers returning very quickly, the illegal shops, shanties, and brothels all returning…despite the FCT minister’s commitment… to keep Abuja clean, many people believe that the holiday season is when the administration will not be doing much work, so they are using it to quickly rebuild to make brisk business. If we do not work towards the end of the year, we will be using a lot of resources to work in January.”
On his part, the Assistant Director, Monitoring and Enforcement of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Mr Kaka Bello said the essence of the exercise is to remove all forms of environmental nuisances around the proposed rail corridor that had been forcefully colonised by illegal developers.