The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished over 349 illegal constructions in Lugbe-across, Abuja, near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The exercise , called the “2021 mother of clean ups,” was directed by Comrade Ikharo Attah, head of the FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, and was accompanied by security and Fire Service officers.
He stated that the operation was part of a routine effort on the Airport road corridor, which was important to keep Abuja, the country’s capital, clean.
Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, visited the region recently with the commissioner of police and other strategic army officers, as well as other security heads in the territory, and they were displeased with the level of infringement, according to Attah.
Usman Nga-Kupi, the Chief of Garki, who was also in the entourage, criticized the fact that most of the places along the fence line where residents should park their cars had been converted into businesses, according to him.
He went on to say that the FCT Administration had gated the organic village for residents awaiting resettlement, but that the scheme had been thwarted by those within the area, which violates the Abuja Master Plan.
According to him ; “The people have turn the fence line to motor park, where car owners park and pay N1,000 on a daily basis.
“In line with town planning rules and to keep the city clean and safe, we are not going to be detered, this comprehensive clean up show that FCT Administration is committed to keeping the city clean.
“One of the key issues is to keep to the acceptable standards, if you are driving in through the Airport Road what you see is not befitting, Abuja Environmental Protection Board is doing well by evacuating the heavy waste, there are dumpsites at the back of the Villages but some still come to the front to dump waste”.
Attah also explained that the exercise was to ensure that Abuja especially along the Airport Road is maintained in line with the best practices of orderliness and sanitation.
The demolition exercise which started at Lugbe-Across, Lugbe Berger, Car wash and Lugbe zone 5 lasted for seven hours.