Senate Says Abuja Too Dirty, Gives 21 Day Ultimatum for Clean Up


The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, has give the Area

Councils 21 days to clean up parks, markets and the entire FCT or face

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), gave the

directive when the committee met with the chairmen of the six area

councils in the territory.
Melaye said that the FCT was too dirty to be the seat of power and a

capital city, stressing that no state capital around the world was as

dirty as the FCT.
“This committee is giving you three weeks to clean up the metropolis; the

environmental sanitation in the FCT, the area councils especially AMAC is

“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 remained dirty.
He urged the chairmen to provide proper account of revenues generated from

markets and parks and how they had been utilised over time.

Melaye said that the committee led by him, would pick a day when it would

spend the whole day with the area councils to ascertain exactly how much

they were generating daily.
“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 what you have in your books;

the era of personalising 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 called on the area council chairmen to go and prepare for the visit of

the committee.
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