11 February 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
As part of efforts to ensure a clean and befitting capital city, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, has clamped down on hawkers, traders and beggars in the city center of the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking during the exercise, the Director of AEPB, Doctor Hassan Abubakar said the move was part of measures to actualize the master plan of the FCT.
Doctor Abubakar who expressed concern over illegal activities of hawkers, traders and beggars in the FCT stated that the Board had over the years been sensitizing them on the need to keep off streets of the city center of the nation’s capital.
He explained that AEPB was committed to making Abuja a world class capital city through environmental cleanliness.
The AEPB Director therefore advised hawkers and traders in the Territory to make use of informal markets in satilite towns of FCT in carrying out their day to day activities
Also speaking, An Assistant Director, Monitoring and Enforcement of AEPB, Mr Kaka Bello said the affected hawkers and traders would appear before the AEPB mobile court.
According to Mr Kaka Bello, the mobile court will determine the fate of the hawkers and their confiscated goods.
Mr Bello who explained that the exercise would be a continuous one added that the move was not meant to witch hunt anyone but to maintain sanity in the FCT.
Areas visited by the AEPB Monitoring and Enforcement Team include NICON Junction, Gwarinpa Pedestrian Bridge, Dawaki, Dei-Dei Axis of the FCT among others.