No fewer than 10 cluster of illegal car marts, situated on major road corridors in Gudu District, within the City Centre in the FCT, were on Tuesday dislodged by a joint team of Abuja city managers.
There are several makeshift structures hitherto used for car wash, automobile workshops, furniture making and restaurants, were removed.
The enforcement team was made of FCT Administration top officials, drawn from Development Control Department, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Department of Road Traffic Services, as well as personnel of various security agencies.
Addressing newsmen, when the team clampdown on such structures around Oladipo Diya axis of Gudu, Development Control Director, Mukhtar Galadima, explained that the raid was in continuation of the ongoing intensive sanitation exercise for the city.
Galadima noted that illegal car marts are gradually taking over the nation’s capital city, that’s why it was necessary for relevant authorities to be out and clear them.
“For now we are removing the car marts that are within the city centre, Kubwa is the temporary designated car marts, pending the final implementation of the Abuja Investment Car Mart, which was situated along Dakwa/Zuba road.
” We are not going back on the removal of illegal structures, as we are going to sustain the exercise,” he stated.
” We don’t need to give them notice, because we considered them as illegal structures. They are shanties dirtying (defacing) the city.
” It is a recurrent exercise, so we have been doing it, when we remove the structures, they would come back to site, that is why we don’t need to serve them notice,” he said.