The Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation and Management, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says stiffer penalties await defaulters of the Abuja Master Plan in 2024.
The Director, Development Control, FCT Administration, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, gave the warning while interacting with journalists after the committee’s end-of-year celebration in Abuja on Friday.
Galadima described Abuja as a creation of law, and that its development was being guided by the provisions of the master plan and other development guidelines.
He advised people who want to erect properties in the capital city to follow the provisions of the master plan and other relevant guidelines.
He added, “Also, those who want to do businesses in the city should conduct these businesses in the areas designated for such purposes and should contribute to keeping Abuja clean. Don’t just come in, generate waste and go. You must be part of the team poised to keep Abuja clean.”
He explained that the event was to celebrate the end of 2023, following the modest results achieved by members of the task force.
He stated further, “It is not all about work. Sometimes, we need to sit down and reflect; what successes have we recorded? What are our challenges? What prospect do we have ahead? So, we decided to talk to ourselves and enjoy the moment,” he said.
Also, the Secretary, FCTA Command and Control, Dr Peter Olumuji, said the task force had resolved to carry out series of enforcement activities in 2024.
This, according to him, is to ensure the restoration of the Abuja master plan in line with the directive of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.
Olumuji added that all security agencies in the task force had pledged to double their efforts with a view to achieving more results in 2024. I want to call on the residents of FCT to avoid any form of illegality because wherever such exists, anywhere, the task force is coming to remove it.”
He commended the heads of security agencies for making their officers available to carry out enforcement activities.
The Head of Operations, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Mrs Deborah Osho, said the task force was poised to do more in 2024, adding, “We will clean the city; we will rid Abuja of all illegal motor parks and commercial motorcycles plying unapproved roads”.