FCT Bans Farming along Airport Road

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Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned farming activities on fringes of the popular Umar Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, leading to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, issued the order yesterday when he led the top management team of the administration, political leaders and some traditional rulers to inspect various developments on that road axis.

The order also outlawed street trading and illegal motor parks along the airport way. He frowned at bizarre conducts of residents constituting nuisance to the public.

Bello said that no resident or organisation would be allowed to carry out any illegal activity on a major gateway leading into the nation’s capital city.

He noted that while residents were encouraged to engage in legitimate economic activities that mitigate poverty and contribute to nation building, the administration would not allow such at any unauthorised places.

Bello excoriated communities along the road fringes from the City Gate to Bill Clinton Drive for defacing the environment and not complying with extant regulations.

He ordered the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to sensitise residents and farmers on the need not to plant any crops along the road axis, so as to mitigate their losses, as the agency will not spare their crops.

Meanwhile, the Sapeyi of Garki, Dr. Usman Nga-Kupi who was not also happy that residents were engaging in the illegalities, assured the Minister that he would summon all the chiefs of the communities.

Nga-Kupi also pledged to support the minister in sanitising the city and restoring order, while ensuring peaceful co-existence.