The Senate has raised alarm at the rate in which beggars, hoodlums and commercial sex workers, have flooded the streets of Abuja.
At a media briefing in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, said the senate has mandated the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Commissioner and Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to flush them out of the FCT.
Senator Melaye, said his committee had invited the police commissioner and NSCDC commandant to inform them about the worsening insecurity in the FCT and the need to take steps to curb the trend.
Describing the situation as ‘appalling,’ Melaye said the senate was very uncomfortable with the number of hoodlums on the streets of Abuja. In his words;
“We have beggars, destitute, commercial sex workers spread across every nook and cranny of the city and we have given a marching order to the commissioner of police and the commandment of NSCDC to clear them.
“We have also instructed the FCT to provide logistics for the immediate evacuation of all dissidents, beggars including those little boys who claim they are helping you to clean your glass but add additional dents to your cars.”
On the maintenance of street lights, streets and Abuja environs in general, Senator Melaye disclosed that the committee had also invited Managing Directors of banks operating in the Federal Capital city and 15 banks attended.
In line with their corporate social responsibility to the FCT and their host communities, the committee decided to invite these banks to share the maintenance of all major streets in Abuja.
According to the legislator, they discovered that no positive results were yielding from the maintenance of street lights, streets, and the Abuja environment generally, despite spending hundreds of millions from budgetary provisions of the FCT annually in paying contractors.
Senator Melaye said these banks will henceforth do the maintenance of street lights and be responsible for the environmental sanitation of all the streets, beautification of roundabouts where they are located, and by so doing they will also have the logo of their companies or their brands advertised on the street lights.
The committee expressed hopes that this will help check wastages and it will also block leakages as is a common practice across the globe. Hear him;
“The several millions paid to contractors for the maintenance of street lights and keeping the environment tidy and clean will be saved and this can now go to the development of satellite towns and provisions of infrastructural facilities in the suburbs of Abuja.
“Since we are in recession, we discovered that we must think outside the box. Not only banks even other corporate organisations in Abuja have decided and we have 18 corporate organisations that have accepted to work with us in this regard alongside 15 banks. In fact, some of the companies that are into land swap business in Abuja have agreed.”