Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
The FCT Administration has denied media report suggesting that the terrority has been besieged by a myriad of miscreant and beggars.
The denial was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to FCT Minister, Malam Abubakar Sani, and made available to The Union, Wednesday.
According to the statement, every discerning resident of the FCT knows that there are no colonies of beggars or street urchins in the areas mentioned or indeed any part of the city for that matter.
“Whereas it cannot for obvious reasons, be said that the city has been completely rid of these miscreants every resident of the city knows and feels that Abuja has been transformed into a modern functional city from what it used to be before the advent of this administration.
“The reference to this category of people being seen at street intersections is surely a reference to a period long before the advent of this administration under the leadership of Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
“Under his watch, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and the Social Development Secretariat have been up and doing in ensuring that these nuisances are completely removed from the streets”.
Abubakar claimed that as a responsible administration, the relevant agencies have always ensured that they go about their duties in full compliance with the provisions of the law and with a human face, hence beggars, street hawkers and prostitutes who are being apprehended on a daily basis are not kept beyond the stipulated period.
He, however, noted that, they took advantage of this opportunity as they return to the streets as soon as they are released or repatriated back to where they came from, thereby giving the erroneous impression that nothing is being done to checkmate their activities, while blaming the development on the absence of mobile courts designed to prosecute such offenders.
The statement revealed that these mobile courts have now been restructured and would be inaugurated this week where all arrested offenders would be tried and if found guilty would be sentenced to prison to serve as deterrent to others.
“It is believed that this will send a very strong signal to the recalcitrant offenders and their collaborators who believe they can test the will of this administration by flagrantly flouting the law and thereby constituting themselves into nuisances in the city,” he stressed.
He further stressed that the attention the incumbent FCT Administration is giving to proper environmental sanitation is unprecedented and transcends beyond the boundaries of the city centre.
“It is certainly not true that residents are yet to feel the real impact of governance under the present FCT Administration. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello has not left anyone doubt that he has the capacity to effectively run the affairs of the FCT and is no way overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges facing the city.
“It is worthy of note that all abandoned projects some spanning several years back, are being completed; the traffic gridlock around the city is easing out as many uncompleted road projects are being completed and some already partially opened for use by motorists”, the statement read further.