04 July 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has vowed to continue to sustain the clean up exercise along the Airport road communities where several illegal structures
posing security threats are situated.
Director of Security Services in the FCTA, Adamu Gwary stated this in Abuja when the FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation carried out a massive removal of illegal structures and criminal hideouts amounting to 400 in Lugbe- across, Lugbe-Berger, Car wash and Lugbe Zone 5 .
The Director of Security Services who pointed out that the FCT Minister had expressed dismay over the manner illegal structures were springing up in the area, gave assurance that no criminal hideout or illegal structures in unauthorized places would be left unturned in the territory.
According to Adamu Gwary, the administration would not fold its hands and watch illegalities and criminals overrun the city.
His words” “If we identify where there are nuisancs, we will pencil it down for operation. It is not only the Airport road but the Airport road has you know is the eye of the city so, we cannot afford to joke with it… there is the political will which the minister has given the go ahead, we will sustain it. We have the support of the security agencies and all the departments in FCT are at work…there is no going back, we will sustain it.” Gwary assured.
Also lending his voice to the security implications, the Chief Security Officer to the FCT Minister, Ahmed Rashid said the administration had also stepped up its games in identifying and dislodging scavengers, criminals and illegal settlers towards ensuring that law and order are maintained in the territory
“We are clearing all the illegal motor parks to reduce the incidences of one-chance. We also noticed that they will strike in the city and go back to their safe haven. By the time we clear all their safe haven there will be no hiding place for them”.
On his part,the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Comrade Ikharo Attah, advised residents to avoid erecting illegal structures and the fake hope from some quarters that the government can be pacified with bribe to allow them dwell in unauthorised locations.
His words: “We do not collect bribes. We do not compromise land use standards. Don’t give bribes and we will not take…Very sadly, just last week, we were here and after clearing this place, people have rebuilt some structures. And we have cleared many structures again and this time around we have taken more drastic measures. We also appeal to people, some of them who are building back after seven days of clearing, saying they have approached the FCDA to Stop.
Most of the structures demolished were structures/ shops attached to the community’s perimeter fence and makeshift structures in between residential houses causing friction on the access roads.
The Sanitation team also carried out a controlled burning of some wastes in the area.