By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the attitude of some individuals and organisations that block pedestrian walkways around the city and convert them to their personal uses.
Bello while describing this trend as unlawful act, said effectively prevents their use by other members of the public.
He however directed all the relevant agencies and departments of the FCTA to immediately recover all the blocked walkways and revert them back to their original use.
This directive was issued during the FCT Executive Committee meeting which took place at the conference room of the FCT Minister’s residence in Abuja.
His words “These walkways or pavements are there not only to beautify the areas but they also serve as foot paths for residents taking strolls, running for exercise purposes or even dog walking.”
On the standardisation of road markings and signs in the FCT the Minister also directed that all the relevant Departments and Agencies in the FCT should collaborate with the Transportation Secretariat during the planning and execution of road markings and signage projects.
Bello also directed that all the relevant agencies and departments should with immediate effect step up the enforcement of all extant rules and regulations guiding life within the city.
He reminded the heads of the various Secretariats, Departments and Agencies that with elections now over, there was a need to clean up Abuja by removing all posters and other such electioneering materials that tend to litter the city.
Reiterating that with the inauguration of Mr President coming up in May, Abuja is expected to play host to many dignitaries, many of whom will come from outside the country, the Minister noted the need to ensure that the FCT looks its best not just during that event but at all times.