By Sarah NEGEDU
The FCT Ministerial Task Team on City Sanitation has sacked Bureau De Change operators, unapproved mosques and other illegal attachments situated within a reserved green area at the Wuse Zone 4 area of Abuja.
The team also cleared the illegal cluster of furniture workshops under the bridge by Ya’Adua Centre, while several vehicles were also towed from the area, allegedly dominated by illicit structures serving as criminal hideouts.
Explaining the exercise, chairman of the team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, revealed that the FCT Minister, after a visit to the area, directed a thorough cleanup of the area due to the high scale of contraventions by BDC operators operating recklessly in the heart of the city.
“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 we 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 they are removed,” he stated.
Also speaking, assistant director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Kaka Bello, revealed that a lot of environmental nuisance are being constituted by traders and those hawking currencies there.
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.”