May 14, 2024


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Corn sellers responsible for insecurity in FCT -Wike

Few days after his confirmation by the senate, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has announced a ban on street trading in Abuja, saying that people who sell corn and engage in other street hawking are responsible for insecurity and criminalities in the nation’s capital city.

The newly appointed minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), says he will focus on improving the security and sanitation in Abuja in his first six months in office.

“The important thing we must do is to ensure that Abuja is back to what it ought to be. I moved around Abuja and found out there is total darkness in most of the places.

Wike spoke on Tuesday when he received a handover note from Olusade Adesola, the FCT permanent secretary, at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) headquarters in Abuja.

“What we need to do is to ensure light comes back as soon as possible.”

The immediate past Rivers State Governor said Abuja should be kept clean, adding, “If you are in charge of sanitation, I will call you at any time of the day.

“We shouldn’t allow motor parks all over the place. Something must be done as soon as possible. If you cannot meet up my standard, say it now so that we can change you.” He said.

Continuing Wike a said, “Street trading is prohibited. People selling corn will drop their waste indiscriminately and these are the things that cause insecurity, Criminals come to buy and use the opportunity to spy and give information to criminals. It is imperative we clear street hawkers.

“Development control is a serious crisis area, we have to stop. Why are there illegal structures and shanties everywhere? We will demolish any illegal structures. No matter how highly placed, the structure will come down.”