FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and the FCT Taskforce Team on Environment to immediately remove hawkers who use pedestrian bridges for their activities.
The minister who gave the directive when he paid an unscheduled visit to pedestrian bridge in Lugbe, a village along the Airport Road, also warned that hawking and other activities are not acceptable on the pedestrian bridges across the territory.
Bello reiterated that such bridges were constructed for easy movement and passage of residents crossing the highways, and not for hawking, begging or for other nuisances.
The minister said that the administration is not prepared to take excuses anymore, saying that they must carry out their statutory duties.
Malam Bello also instructed that the AEPB and the taskforce team must also get rid of herdsmen still grazing in the Federal Capital City, noting, “you must find a way in dealing with that bizarre situation.”
The minister seized that opportunity to talk to the crowd gathered around the pedestrian bridge on why people should not use such places as shopping malls.
He told them that pedestrian bridges were also not constructed for miscreants and further warned that all activities must be very far away from the expressway.
“These expressways are the gateway into the Federal Capital City and the seat of power of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore everything must be done to keep Abuja clean from all environmental nuisances, in line with the vision of its founding fathers,” Malam Bello stressed.
The director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olanipekun and the chairman of the FCT Taskforce Team on Environment, Squadron Leader Abdullahi Adamu Monjel, accompanied the minister on the visit.