AMMC clean-up Wuse zone 6, Berger junction, others
In continuation of its clean-up exercise, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, has carried out a general demolition and cleaning of illegal structures within the Federal Capital City, FCC.
The combined team made up of AMMC and the Ministerial Joint Task Force embarked on a clean-up exercise within Wuse Zone 6, Julius Berger Junction and Utako market, where all the shanties, abandoned vehicles and illegal shops were cleared and tolled away.
The enforcement team moved down to Jabi, and pulled down an illegal recreational park, near FCT NUJ secretariat, before descending on the numerous illegal extensions of shops attached to the fence of the Jabi market.
Our correspondent learnt that despite the intrigues and drama that ensued when the team got to the popular Millennium Park, did not save the make-shift arts and crafts shops from demolition.
After demolishing some nearby night joints, operational personnel were ordered to toll away an old abandoned Lincoln Navigator, under suspicion that it was been used as a hideout for drug peddling.
Briefing journalists earlier on the necessity of the operation, AMMC Coordinator, Umar Shuiabu, warned developers and residents to desist from involving themselves in illegal developments to avoid wasting of resources and time, even as he advised them to obtain development approvals and ensure they keep to specifications, rules and regulations. Referring to the Utako market and Jabi Motor Park,
Umar stated that the roads were being obstructed, leading to traffic congestion around the areas, adding that business activities were supposed to be held within the market and inside the motor park, but not on the outside as it was currently been done, because they were encroaching on the road and causing traffic problems for road users.
Speaking on the demolished arts and craft shops, Umar advised them to liaise with the National Council for Arts and Crafts to get a place for their business saying; “There is a specific land earmarked for arts and craft purposes in the Abuja Master Plan. It is not for anyone to just get any land in Abuja and start building.
“Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Land for parks and recreation is different from land for arts and crafts. There must be balance between man and plants in the ecosystem, whatever you do not need, something else needs it, and whatever you need, you will be given”.
In his reaction, Welfare Officers, National Association of Arts and Crafts Village, Comrade Frank Okeke, while pleading with the government to come to their aid by providing them a place for their operations, said that they left the old Arts and Crafts Village, near Yar’Adua Centre because it was burnt down by fire.