Chris Steven, Abuja
These are not the best of times for commercial sex workers plying their trade in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Abuja as no fewer than 3000 of them have been arrested by the FCT Special Task team set up by the immediate former minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed to clean the city of all undesirable elements.
FCT Permanent Secretary Engineer John Obinna Chukwu disclosed this in Abuja on Monday after meeting with the chairman of the team who is also the FCT Police Commissioner, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu in his office.
Engineer Chukwu who is supervising the FCT administration pending the appointment of a substantive minister by President Muhammad Buhari also disclosed that the team has impounded 4,790 commercial motorcycles (Okada) and 883 Keke Napep in the last 90 days.
He added that a total of 645 unpainted commercial vehicles as well as 84 illegal commercial buses operating in the FCT were also impounded .
His words: “Three thousand commercial sex workers have been arrested by the Task Team and handed over to the Abuja Environment Protection Board for prosecution and subsequent rehabilitation”.
Engineer Chukwu reiterated that the team also embarked on city cleaning activities, which culminated in the closure and removal of 52 illegal car wash sites and 83 illegal auto mechanic workshops.
“In addition, 8 illegal sand dredging and quarry sites; 205 shanties; 89 illegal markets; 7 illegal car marts and 98 food vendors kiosk and furniture workshops all located in unauthorized places within the city have been closed down.
“Similarly, a total of 2,534 street hawkers and beggars have been arrested by the FCT Administration; adding that 102 strayed animals were removed from illegal cattle markets in Gudu and other parts of the city during the same period”. He added
The Permanent Secretary therefore directed the Task Team to redouble its efforts to rid the Federal Capital City of all environmental nuisances; stressing that it’s not business as usual.
Engineer Chukwu further directed all operational departments in the FCT Administration to sit up to ensure that their statutory responsibilities are carried out to the later; insisting “we must be pro-active in city management in line with the vision of a new Nigeria”
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary called on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to be law abiding and remain their brothers’ keepers.
While soliciting for their utmost cooperation to the government, Engr. Chukwu urged the residents to report any suspicious movements to the law enforcement agents.