The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) says it will soon resuscitate the Council’s mobile courts to prosecute residents who violate its rules and regulations especially in regard to dumping of construction waste and other sanitary offences.
The Coordinator of the Council, Town Planner Umar Shuaibu stated this in an interview with Housing News in his office recently.
Responding to questions on efforts to clean up the city, the Council’s Coordinator said efforts are on to ensure proper sanitation of the airport road as it is the gateway to the city.
He said the council will ensure the airport road remains environmentally green and clean as it gives visitors their first impression of the city.
According to him “the airport road is the gate way to the city and we have to make sure the road is environmentally clean. Whatever look we give to that road is the impression that our visitors will give to us”
He further stated that sensitization have been done at offices of major political parties in the Country to discourage the indiscriminate pasting of campaign posters in the city which defaces facilities.
He said “posters have to be within your secretariat and your offices or convention areas and as soon as convention is over, we charge you to clear whatever you paste there. We have fines in situations where our laws are violated.”
Mr. Shuaibu urged all Abuja residents to go about their activities while observing all rules and regulations as it will be good for the Council and the city.
The Coordinator frowned at the setting up of nightclubs in residential areas which is a violation of zonation of land uses in the city.
Mr. Shuaibu said “in a planned city like Abuja, we have areas that are earmarked for residential activities, some for commercial, industrial and recreation. By the time you have violation of these uses, you have disturbances.”
He further lamented that “such areas like residential, if you put a nightclub there, definitely the neighbours are going to be disturbed. The activities of the nightclubs starts at night, at that time, the neighbours are sleeping. When somebody has been at normal work since morning, when he comes back, he wants to rest.”
The Coordinator denied the Council ever granting such approvals for the establishment of nightclubs in residential areas and noted that such acts of impunity will no longer be tolerated.
Mr. Shuaibu said he introduced the suspension of contravention fee in regard to illegal land usage to discourage continuous violation of the zonation areas and called on all operators of commercial activities in residential areas to relocate to where it’s permissible for them to operate.
He reiterated the Council’s resolve to respect the position of the National Assembly on the subject matter, noting that citizens have a right to send a petition to the Legislators since we are in a democracy.
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) was established in 2004 with the mandate to effectively manage and supervise all facilities in Abuja with a view to making Abuja city a beautiful and functioning one.
By Adeleke Samuel for Housing News