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FCTA issues 7-day ultimatum to illegal Apo mechanics, others

3rd June, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

As the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) gears up for aggressive city cleaning and sanitation, owners of mechanics' workshops, automobile dealers and other occupants who operate illegally along the Apo road corridor also known as the Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) have been given a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the area. Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.

According to him, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello was displeased with the continued defacing of the environment along that corridor and ordered immediate and strict restoration of the area in line with the Abuja Master Plan. Attah further explained that the ultimatum was borne out of the Administration's empathy for the traders and has given them time to remove their valuables and avoid immediate cleaning exercise that could cause colossal loss to them.

It was gathered that the first phase of the sanitation exercise, which will reclaim all the spots from Apo Roundabout to the popular junction known as NEPA Junction, would commence next Monday after expiry of the ultimatum. The second phase of the aggressive sanitation will begin from the NEPA Junction to Apo mechanics' village where illegal businesses have taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.

Attah said: "This stakeholders meeting was to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridor, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX). "The Minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja Master Plan. "We've given the affected people seven days' ultimatum because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise. The Minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all the ongoing projects there as a legacy he would leave behind for residents of the nation's capital.''

Also speaking, Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Baba Shehu Lawan who organized the stakeholders' meeting, noted that the Minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise. Lawan also warned that at the expiry of the ultimatum, the Task Force team would move to the area and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the Administration. He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and other things left on the road corridors will be removed and seized.

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According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he added he (Minister) found very useful in the running of the affairs of FCTA, adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation's capital's bureaucracy was not an easy one.

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubarka Adamu, received three operational vehicles donated by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to the Nigeria Police Force in support of ongoing efforts at repositioning the Force for optimal performance.

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory.


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