In continuation of its reinvigorated cleaning exercise, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has dislodged hundreds of roadside traders and transporters around the Area Old Federal Secretariat Area 1, Garki, Abuja.
Our correspondent reports that AMMC officials stormed and cleared illegal structures and sites used for trading and transportation activities behind Conoil petrol station and adjacent the popular Area 1 bridge.
The AMMC carried out the cleaning exercise through the Development Control Department, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) and other sister agencies including security operatives.
Speaking during the high powered sanitation exercise, Director of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, said that the affected persons had unlawfully converted the area into common market and motor park, thereby constituting nuisance there.
Hitherto used by hoodlums and street hawkers for nefarious activities, such as illicit drugs peddling and traffic congestion, thereby hampering the security of lives and property in the city.
He said prior to the removal, the affected people were given two weeks abatement notice, to enable them vacate the place with their wares.
According to him, after sanitizing the area, government intends to develop temporary car park, transit terminal and Food court, as a quick win measure to prevent the reoccurrence of the nuisance there.
Also speaking, AEPB Director, Baba Shehu Lawal, noted that due to the unlawful takeover of the road corridor by the now dislodged traders, workers and visitors alike in the Old Federal Secretariat lack parking space for their vehicles during working days.
Meanwhile, reacting to the development, AMAC Councilor for City Centre, Hon. Dogara John Bassa, decried the displacement of persons during the exercise.
According to him, most affected people were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), doing business in area to survive.
He therefore appealed to the FCT Administration to as a matter of urgency provide an alternative place for the people to continue their trading activities.