By: Wisdom Acka
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has returned to Mpape, a suburb of Abuja to demolish and clean up all illegal structures that have resurfaced in that area.
Recall that barely eight months ago, officials of the FCTA demolished illegal structures on the corridors of the road leading into Mpape, neighbouring highbrow Maitama District, in order to save the people from traffic gridlock and criminal activities.
Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah stated this during a clean up exercise in Mpape on Monday.
According to him, the FCT Administration was staging a comeback to Mpape because it received complaints about illegal activities on the road shoulder from crush rock area down to the old market.
Attah explained that the clean up exercise would reinvigorate the city sanitation, fight against encroachment and curb reported cases of criminal activities.
He said: “After eight months, we are back to Mpape because the criminals have returned to the crush rock area. We have gotten reports that they are back, so we have to quickly come and clear them.”
“We are doing three things here, revisiting of the sanitation exercise, freeing off the road of encroachment and curbing criminal activities, especially within the crush rock area,” he added.
“The FCT Administration recently launched tourism roadmap, that means that the crush rock area is needed, and this will change the narrative of tourism. With this cleaning up, criminals won’t disturb people going to the tourist area,” Attah restated.
According to him, “we have also knocked down criminals’ hideouts behind the banks’ area, which is a commercial hub. This shows that we are winning in our fight against criminal elements in Mpape”.