The acting director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Mrs. Olanipekun Oluwatoyin, has appealed to hawkers, street traders, beggars and other group of people constituting environmental nuisance in the Federal Capital City to, as a matter of urgency, leave the city.
Oluwatoyin gave the warning yesterday during the sensitization exercise by the newly constituted management of the board.
While she said the event was to sensitize the residents on the need to co-operate with the board in order to have a clean and healthy environment, she said the authorities have zero tolerance for hawking and begging.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Samuel R. Musa, said hawking and begging contradict Section 35 of the AEPB Act No.10 of 1997.
While calling on FCT residents to work with the board to ensure that Abuja is clean, Oluwatoyin, however, warned that whoever is arrested after this exercise would be prosecuted in the mobile court, even as he said AEPB will not relent until the city is completely rid of environmental nuisance.
Among the areas visited by the team during the exercise were Banex Junction, Ahmadu Bello Way, Aminu Kano Crescent by Amigo, Area 1 Roundabout, Area 3 Junction, Area 8 Junction, Force Headquartres and Karmajiji Village. Source: www.dailytrust.com.ng
Opinion: Where will they go to? The government should build a home or some sort of rehabilitation centre, where they could be sent to. They are citizens of Nigeria. The government has failed to cater for the less privileged within us. Not sure the Federal Capital Authorities can be able to clean the city of beggars, etc.
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