By: Wisdom Acka
Authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said that next year’s general elections would not deter her from demolishing illegal structures that must be removed.
Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, stated this on Tuesday during a clean up exercise in parts of Dutse-Alhaji, including the market.
Ikharo stated that the rate of proliferation of shanties in the nation’s capital was unacceptable, because the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello was committed to ensuring that the city was clean before, during and after elections, hence his men would stop at nothing to achieve the mandate.
Ikharo said: “It is unacceptable that everyone is just building shanties and batchers everywhere and it is really very disheartening, because we discovered that the more you work, the more you see illegalities to remove.”
The SSA restated that the FCT Administration is doing it job and will keep on doing it.
His words: “I think the major thing we saw is the issue of allegations and counter allegations of people that are involved in the irregularities, especially those partaining to accusing government officials of compromising standards in many areas, including the illegalities in Dutse-Alhaji market”.
He continued: “I think people don’t understand that those of us doing enforcement are under heavy pressure. The FCT Minister appears not to be relenting at all. The Minister gave a marching order that all enforcement officers must do their job and all political appointees must do their job, so I don’t see any enforcement stopping soon.”
According to him, “people have said within a short time, we are going to get tired and they even booated before us that election is coming and that we are going to get tired but the Minister has said that the city must be clean in and out of election.”
“Until the last day we leave office, as long as government is paying our salaries and allowances, we must work for the money and that is what we are doing here”, he added.
“If anybody who says we are not going to come, we will come. Even in Dutse-Alhaji where they said we are not going to come, we went there and we want to ensure that only those who have shops are sell there”, Attah emphasized.