The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), at the weekend, removed make shift structures, used for roadside trading and vocational activities at a popular night market and major road corridors, in Lugbe community of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Structures affected, during the exercise, were mainly make-shift kiosks belonging to food vendors, clothing and building materials traders, as well as road side mechanics and artisans, whose activities are believed to cause all forms of nuisances and obstructions in the area.
Speaking during the exercise, AMMC coordinator, Umar Shuaibu, explained that the essence of the raid was to rid the city of environmental nuisance, emanating from such sites and to keep the nation’s capital city clean at all times.
Shuaibu, who led officials of the Ministerial Joint Taskforce (MJTF), Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), department of development control and almost all the security operatives on the exercise, vowed that the council would continue to carry out its lawful responsibilities.
He however decried the attitude of the affected persons, who are bent on trading in unapproved and inappropriate places in the area, despite heightened awareness campaign against the menace, adding that their activities not only deface the city but cause untold hardship to other members of the society.
The AMMC coordinator therefore reiterated that there would be deployment of security to watch over the cleared areas so that the people wouldn’t get the chance to come back to display their goods, adding that a mobile court was also available for any defaulter to be charged when apprehended.
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