By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, has dismantled worship centres and Bureau De Change operators for operating illegally at Wuse zone 4 in the territory.
Fielding questions from journalists after demolishing the structures, chairman of the Taskforce, Ikharo Attah said the exercise was incontinuation of its effort to rid of the City of environmental nuisance.
He said the clearing of illegal attachments and shanties mainly made of roofing sheets, sacks, and wood situated within the reserved green area adjacent Sheraton Hotel, would bring about sanity.
The team removed two mosques inside the green vegetation, and illegal cluster of furniture making workshops under the foot of a bridge near Ya’Adua Centre in the area, several vehicles were also towed from the area, allegedly dominated by illicit structures serving as criminal hideouts.
Attah revealed that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, about a month ago visited there, and saw the high scale of contraventions in the heart of the city, where people who deal in currencies operate recklessly.
“Today, we came out on an operation to clear those persons who are roadside traders, owners of batchers, shanties and furniture market under the Wuse Zone 4 bridge.
“We saw much bleeding points in the city, and the FCT Minister insisted that we must clear all, and he even insisted that BDC operators who are operating on the roadside should not be, as they should go back to their shops, and do their businesses.
Reacting on behalf of the BDC Operators, the Secretary elders’ forum of th BDCs, Yahaya Kida, described the exercise as a welcome development, saying it will help sanitise the area.
He disclosed that the Minister, through the Commissioner of Police, Director of Security Department and AEPB Director had on September 15, 2021, invited them and informed them about the exercise.
“We informed all our members about the clean up exercise, which they cooperated with the government, so as to clean Zone 4.We are going to organise those BDC operators dislodged during the exercise, by profiling and giving them means of identification. We are not going to be on the road like before.
“The operators are tired of this drugs peddlers operating in the area, and we are warning them not to return here”, he said.