Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Special Task Team on the City Cleaning and Management established by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has since its inception about 10 months ago impounded 2,900 commercial motorcycles otherwise known as okada in the Abuja metropolis, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed has disclosed.
According to the Minister, who made this disclosure on Wednesday, after reviewing the activities of the Special Task Team he inaugurated on Monday March 11, 2014, during the same period, the Team also impounded 807 tricycles (Keke Napep) and 280 unpainted commercial vehicles (Kabu-Kabu).
Also, the Minister further disclosed that the Task Team has so far arrested 492 commercial sex workers, 1,108 street hawkers, including 48 under-aged hawkers.
He added that during the same period, the Task Team has been able to arrest 128 miscreants/urchins, 192 beggars/destitute as well as 17 mentally ill persons in and around Abuja.
He therefore reiterated that the Special Task Team was set to ensure the efficient and sustainable cleaning and management of the Federal Capital City through the enforcement of the provisions of the enabling laws applicable in the FCT under the chairmanship of the FCT Police Commissioner.
However, the Minister advised members of the public, who have formed the habit of not using the pedestrian overhead bridges for crossing the highways to desist forthwith.
He equally warned those destroying barricades erected by government to prevent people from crossing expressways but to use the overhead bridges; saying that security personnel have been directed to enforce it.