The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration has embarked on aggressive city cleaning in compliance with the ministerial directive a couple of weeks ago.
The council said it had directed the Department of Development Control, Parks and Recreation, Abuja Environmental Protection Board and Facilities Management to ensure that issues on illegal shanties, beggars and broken down facilities were tackled within the city centre and other satellite towns in the territory.
The acting coordinator of AMMC, Hajiya Safiya Umar revealed that the council had carried out successful operation in Garki Informal Market located in Area 1, Old Police Barracks in Wuse Zone 5, Limpopo Street in Maitama and Fruits Market also in Maitama district of Abuja.
Umar, who is also the director of Finance and Administration of AMMC, stressed that the FCT Administration was committed more than ever in ensuring that the city was restored to its former glory.
According to her, “Residents of the territory are beginning to see our modest efforts in cleaning the city. For instance, the shanties around Old Police Barracks in Wuse Zone 5 have been removed by our enforcement team.
“The Limpopo Street in Maitama which was hitherto be taken over by miscreants has been equally cleared by our team, and the same operation was carried out in the Informal Market located in Garki Area 1. Let me tell you that some residents of the territory have called the FCT Call Center to commend our efforts in Garki Informal Market. Even though, there are hitches here and there, but with the necessary support from both the administration and residents of city, we are going to get right.”
Reacting to the issue of non-release of funds to operational departments by the FCT permanent secretary, the acting coordinator said, “The issue of funds is not peculiar to FCT Administration. It is a national issue that must be addressed through budgetary provision. Everybody knows what is happening to our national budget. Until it is passed, the issue of fund will continue to slow down our activities. However, as the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello has rightly observed a few weeks ago, we have to think outside the box until the budget is passed and that is exactly what AMMC is doing.”
It would be recalled that the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello had a couple of weeks ago tongue-lashed the directors and other heads of the FCT key city management for working in isolation as against working as a team, noting that the lukewarm attitude of some relevant departments have turned the city into an eyesore.