Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has officially banned street vending in Abuja, asserting that street vendors, including those vending corn, are contributing to the rise of crime and instability within the city.
During a meeting with the administrative and developmental leadership of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Federal Capital Development Authority, the former Governor of Rivers State declared his stance on this issue, urging the authorities to prioritize correct and proper actions.
“We must take substantial steps to restore Abuja to its intended state. I traversed the streets of Abuja and observed significant areas engulfed in darkness. Our immediate focus should be to restore adequate lighting without delay,” he emphasized.
Wike directed the prompt initiation of an extensive cleaning effort throughout Abuja, stating, “If you’re responsible for sanitation, be prepared to be contacted by me at any hour of the day.”
He issued a warning that any official failing to meet his cleanliness standards would face removal from their position. Furthermore, he announced stringent measures against unauthorized motor parks.
He elaborated, “Trading on the streets is now prohibited. Hawkers, including those selling corn, tend to discard their waste indiscriminately, and this behaviour contributes to insecurity. Criminal elements exploit this situation, as they purchase goods and gather information for illicit purposes. Clearing street hawkers is an essential task.”
Wike also highlighted the critical issue of uncontrolled development, pledging to address it rigorously. He questioned the proliferation of illegal structures and makeshift settlements, stressing that any unauthorized construction, regardless of the individual’s status, would be dismantled.
“It’s imperative that we bring an end to the chaotic situation in development control. Why are there unauthorized structures and makeshift settlements everywhere? Any structure found to be illegal will be demolished. This action will apply without exception, even to those in influential positions,” he reiterated.
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