OrderPaperToday-  Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory has given the Area Councils 21 days to clean up parks, markets and the entire FCT or face sanctions.

Chairman of the Committee Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) gave this directive when the lawmakers met with Chairmen of the six Area Councils in the FCT.

Melaye condemned the FCT’s dirty and untidy appearance is a thumbs down for Nigeria’s seat of power and  capital city, maintaining that no state capital around the world was as dirty as the FCT.

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“This committee is giving you three weeks to clean up the metropolis, the environmental sanitation in the FCT particularly the area councils especially AMAC is poor.

“You see heaps of rubbish on the road side. Abuja is the pride of Africa, we cannot let this continue.

“After three weeks if you don’t clean up the FCT we will clean you up: you cannot be collecting revenue from the market and the market will be very dirty.

“You go to our parks and it is an eye sore: two weeks you won’t clean the parks and you are generating money from that park, and when they ask you will say there is no money.

“We are very serious about cleaning up the city within three weeks, clean up Abuja: especially the satellite towns,” he said.

Melaye queried why a lot of money was being generated from markets and parks and yet they remain uncleaned for weeks.

He also charged the Area Council Chairmen to provide proper account of revenues generated from markets and parks and how they had been utilized over time.

The Senator added that the committee will pick a whole day to spend with the Area Councils to ascertain exactly how much it generates every day.

“I am going to sit down with you from morning till closing time in Jabi Park, I am going to personally sign all the tickets that would be issued that day.

“I want to see what you are generating from hat you have in your books, the era of personalizing our common wealth is over.

“So if you have been doing it wrongly then you must repent and right the wrongs of the past,” he said.

He therefore charged all the Area Councils Chairmen to go back and prepare for the visit of the committee.



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