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2019: FCTA Warns Politicians Against Defacing Abuja City



As the 2019 general election approaches, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA, through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), has warned politicians and their supporters against indiscriminate pasting of campaign posters on public structures.

Coordinator of AMMC, Shuiabu Umar, who gave the warning, when he visited the head office of the Labour Party (LP), urges the party to advise its supporters against indiscriminate pasting of campaign posters in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Umar noted that indiscriminate pasting of posters in the FCT has become a source of embarrassment to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), especially when foreigners visit Abuja, which, according to him, has become, not only the capital city of Nigeria, but the entire African continent.

He urged the party to sensitize its members to be law-abiding, not constituting nuisance with campaign posters, adding that the council would furnish the political parties with already existing guidelines on proper ways of advertising in the city.

Umar listed other mandates of AMMC to include controlling developments in the city by enforcing relevant guidelines, ensuring environmental sanitation of the city, as well as enhancing green development of Abuja.

Speaking earlier, the director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), Yusuf Ibrahim Yakassai, had wondered why some politicians, contesting seats in the states, would cover Abuja with their posters, instead of pasting such posters in their respective states.

In his contribution, the director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Baba Shehu Lawan, disclosed that the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello) had advised the board to first sensitize residents on proper use of posters.

Lawan lamented that some people even use certain gums that makes removal of the posters very difficult, even with the use of hot water, adding that there are laws meant to arrest and prosecute the originators of such posters.

Responding, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam appreciated the FCTA, in its efforts to maintain the aesthetics of Abuja and keep it clean, just as he promised to discuss the matter with party members.



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