***Says More Demolition Is Needed…
Miscreants acting as scavengers are wreaking havoc on lawful residents in the Lugbe Community, and indigenous people have expressed their unhappiness.
They bemoaned the situation and demanded that the government intervene immediately.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) resumed its assault on roadside selling and other illicit scrap market operators on Thursday.
The surge of miscreants and their rising criminality in the area has left some of the community’s youth leaders feeling helpless and unprotected, according to those who raised the alarm.
One of the leaders, Yohanna Habila, hinted that: ” The community has tried to control them, but you know that these people are rude, they seem to have overshadowed the community at the moment. That is why we are appealing that the Taskforce should continue with this exercise to help in controlling them”.
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Comrade Ikharo Attah who led the squad for the operation, vowed that enforcement against roadside trading and other illegalities won’t be abated until the administration achieves the desired result.
He said that containing the excessess of the miscreants has been tasking, but the squad will continue to live up to its responsibility.
While he expressed dismay that the dismantled illegal roadside markets that defaced the Airport road, had been reorganised by some residents, he stated that the cleaning exercise will be sustained.
According to him, “The administration would soon begin to arrest both traders and those who promote roadside markets, as a deterrence to others in various communities.
” What we came here to do is part of controlling roadside trading along the Airport road. We discovered that where we cleared last year for the community to use for their car park have been reoccupied again .
” We will persistently keep coming and keep removing. Enforcement officers are paid to enforce, so we must enforce. It is contemporary deception to think that a city will grow to the extent of not needing enforcement.
” We are working to keep enforcing urban and regional and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board laws. Subsequently, we will also begin to make massive arrest”.