AS 2019 general elections are fast approaching, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Friday, warned against indiscriminate pasting of posters to deface Abuja, saying it would soon commence imposition of fines on those who continued with such acts.
Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuiabu, who gave this warning while addressing newsmen in his office in Abuja, revealed that indiscriminate pasting of posters in public places in Abuja on directional signs, bridges and buildings, among others was an offence liable to the fine of N100,000 for individuals, while N1 million went to organizations.
According to him, “we have been visiting political party leadership in order to sensitise them on the need to keep Abuja clean. And you know, we are nearing campaign period for 2019 general elections when a lot of posters will likely be pasted in public places, so our visit to them is to get them to sensitize their members accordingly.
“We want all the FCT residents to know that pasting of posters defaces the city. The message is not only for political parties, but it is to all the public, including the religious organizations such as the Churches and the Mosques, among others. There is nowhere in the world where this indecent practice is done.
“We will start imposition of relevant fines on all offenders very soon, but before that, we wish to, first of all, sensitize adequately so as to carry the people along. Our team first visited Labour Party (LP) recently, and last month, we were at the All Progressives Congress (APC) party with the same message.” He stressed.
He said offenders would also be made to pay for removing the posters, adding that the amount payable for removal was dependent on the number of posters.
Responding on the inability to meet with the PDP Chairman or his representative on two consecutive visits to the party headquarters at Wadata Plaza, the AMMC boss said that the “most important thing was for everyone in the FCT to get the message and keep Abuja clean.”
It will be recalled that AMMC management team had visited the national headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) twice for the continuation of the ongoing sensitization against pasting of posters in the City but none of the executive members was around to receive them.
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