By Salisu Sani-Idris, Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Taskforce on City Sanitation has removed about 3,197 shanties and illegal structures as well as crushed 1,292 commercial motorcycles in the last 14 days.
Mr Shehu Ahmad, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ahmad said that the removal was to ensure safety and security of FCT residents, while maintaining cleanliness and ensuring that residents lived without any threat.
“In particular, a total of 123 illegal structures were removed at Katampe Extension and Guzape Districts and total of 3,074 shanties were removed and cleared at Durumi I, II, III, Monkey Village, Dagba, the illegal IDPs Camp at Durumi District and under some bridges in the Federal Capital City (FCC).
“Also, a total of 1,292 commercial motorcycles were arrested, impounded and crushed in the public glare at various districts where their operations were banned, in line with the court’s forfeiture order obtained,” he said.
Ahmad said that the taskforce mobilised all necessary tools — human and material — and commenced the removal of the identified nuisances, which culminated in the successes recorded from Dec. 9 to Dec. 22.
He said that the FCTA had observed, with great concern, an increase in illegal developments in some parts of the FCC, flagrant disrespect to the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles and proliferation of shanties and illegal settlements, in the guise of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
He said that the most affected districts were Guzape, Katampe Extension and Lugbe Airport Road, while areas with shanties, in the guise of IDPs camps, included Durumi, Wasa and Kuchi Goro.
“Areas with disturbing activities of commercial motorcycle operations include and not limited to Airport Road, Durumi, Kubwa, Asokoro Extension and Guzape Districts.
“Such concerns, no doubt, exacerbate the security challenges, affect the aesthetics of the city as well as contravene the approved masterplan of the city, which invariably create bottlenecks in the management of the city,” he said.