By Stanley Onyekwere
Worried by rising dealership in automobiles within residential neighbourhoods in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, the FCT Administration has warned residents involved to swiftly quit or risk having them impounded.
Making this known, Chairman, Ministerial Taskteam on City Sanitation and Traffic Management, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the FCTA frowns at the ugly trend, and hence will heavily clampdown on it.
Attah, who spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing raid on illegal car marts hotspots in the City, at the weekend, said the strong warning followed the receipt of several complaints about the menace from residents.
He said: “The FCTA has made it very clear that you cannot set set up a car marts where you sell cars within your residential premises. So FCTA wants to reiterate it; You cannot sell cars within your premises, as your house is not a car mart.
“Bringing up to 50 and 70 or more cars within a residential neighbourhood, where you live in just a three-bedroom flat in Area 10, we will not allow that to continue. We will impound the vehicles, we will take them away, because neighbours are all complaining.
“Some persons will go there and rent a flat or even a duplex, and turn the entire neighbourhood to a car mart, and they will bring as many as a hundred cars without plat numbers, with which they litter the whole streets.
“ That we will not accept, so they must quit and return to the appropriate area, which for is temporarily allocated along the Kubwa expressway until of issues around Dakwa Auto market are settled.”
Meanwhile, the joint taskforce on car marts enforcement cleared Illegal car marts and mechanic workshops on pedestrian walkways along the AA Rano filling station and AYA roundabout in Asokoro District.
They also arrested three persons and towed three cars parked on the walkways in the area.
Speaking during the exercise, Director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DTRS), Wadata Bodinga, said although there is almost total compliance for now, but they want to t make sure that the compliance is a continuous one as well.
He noted that the exercise is totally encompassing, as every nuisance that is taking place in a particular place is included, that’s why they studied the place first, to take the characteristics of the nuisance anywhere visited.
According to him, “If we say that we clear only car marts, there are other nuisances such as those selling things, having workshops within undesignated areas in the city. So we try to incorporate all those nuisances taking place. This is to ensure that all of them are stopped.”
Similarly, Director of Parks and Recreation Department, Risikatu Abdulazeez, disclosed that they are putting a sort of semi permanent measures, in the sense that they are going to invite plants nursery operators ( sellers of flowers) to occupy all the notorious places either on green verges or road buffers, to ensure these dislodged people will not return again.
Not left out, Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Dr. Hassan Abubakar, said : “This is a joint operation , we are not unaware of the festive period, and a lot of waste is going to be generated alongside with all these car marts and other things. That’s why we have to sit up, and we must make sure that the city cleaned.
“We will not allow any nuisance to continue in this city, as we will be up to our responsibilities. We will make sure that we clean this city. We have capacity to do so, and we will not this to continue as the city must be cleaned.”