… Removes Worship Centers, Vehicles
In a renewed effort to clear the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of environmental nuisances, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Taskteam on City Sanitation raided and removed unauthorised attachments and Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators in Abuja’s Wuse Zone 4 on Monday.
The Taskteam concentrated on cleaning shanties made largely of roofing sheets, sacks, and wood that were positioned within a reserved green area near the Sheraton Hotel, where BDC operators and small dealers were observed conducting business in the crowded area.
Two mosques within the green vegetation were removed, as was an illegal cluster of furniture-making companies beneath the foot of a bridge near Ya’Adua Centre.
While adding that , numerous vehicles were towed from the area, which appears to be heavily packed with unapproved structures utilized as criminal hideouts.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, rationalized the practice by noting that it was carried out in accordance with a stringent Ministerial instruction.
Attah stated that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, paid a visit there around a month ago and noticed the high degree of violation in the city’s central business district, where currency traders act recklessly.
According to him; “Today, we can out on an operation to clear those persons who are roadside traders, owners of batchers, shanties and furniture market under the Wuse Zone 4 bridge.
“We saw much bleeding points in the city, and the FCT Minister insisted that we must clear all, and he even insisted that BDC operators who are operating on the roadside should not be, as they should go back to their shops, and do their businesses.
“We saw batchers in the valley, which removed; we saw and removed illegal attachments in the area, and while we are removing street traders and hawkers, we can’t allow those who deal in currencies to remain on the road. So, the Minister had given directive to the AEPB and other teams to pin down and ensure that.
“One thing that is so key is that we discovered a stolen manhole cover, which the AEPB team will handover to relevant agency of the FCTA”, he stated.
Also , the Assistant Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB),Kaka Bello, revealed that a lot of environmental nuisance are being constituted by traders and those hawking currencies there. We have also food vendors, people indulged in sales of illicit drugs and number of shanties.
Bello noted the place was an eyesore, which is not acceptable and it contributes badly to the quality of the city’s environment.
He emphasized that the AEPB will ensure that the exercise is continuous, as its presence will be there on a daily basis.
According to him, most of the offices in Zone 4 are owned by BDCs but unfortunately some of them resolved to be trading outside, which is illegal.
“We want to appeal to all these people, who have turned the place into their aboard illegally to please vacate, as places like that are not meant for such illegalities. They should take advantage of the markets within the city, where they can go and sell their wares.
“For the Bureau De Change Operators, they should please ensure that they carry out their businesses within their office premises , not by the road corridors. We also appeal to the general public especially those who patronise BDCs to please patronise them in their offices.
“And anybody caught outside operating will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly, and the Mobile Courts are already on standby, waiting for people, who are indulged in these activities to be arrested and brought before it.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary FCT Command and Control Centre, Mr. Peter Olumuji noted that the place hitherto to the raid constituted a serious security threats to lives and property in the Territory, due to multifaceted nefarious activities there.
Responding on behalf of the BDC Operators, the Secretary, Elders’ Forum of the BDC Operators in Wuse Zone 4, Yahaya Kida, described the exercise as a welcome development, as it will help sanitise the area.
Kida disclosed that the FCT Minister, through the Commissioner of Police, Director of Security Department and AEPB Director had on the 15 fifteenth of September, 2021, invited us , and informed them about the exercise.
We informed all our members about the clean up exercise, which they cooperated with the government, so as to clean Zone 4.
His words; “We are going to organise those BDC operators dislodged during the exercise, by profiling and giving them means of identification. We are not going to be on the road like before.
“We are tired of this drugs peddlers operating in the area, and we are warning them not to return back here”, he stressed.