FCTA intensifies battle against slums, drugs, crimes

Three major challenges staring at the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the face are obvious: the exponential growth of illegal settlements and how to deal with the attendant risks of insecurity thrown up by such unplanned habitations as well as a rising wave of crimes particularly, illicit drug sales and consumption.

Any way one turns in the well built, beautiful, and serene city, one is confronted with the menace of slums.

As a result, Abuja currently struggles with slums, illicit drugs, and crimes to the chagrin of many well-meaning residents but to the happiness of the depraved.

No part of the city is spared of the twin menace of slums and drugs. Name them: Within Maitama, next door is Mpape, Asokoro, with many slums encircling it. Many slums in Garki, Wuse, Central Area, Utako, Kado, Gwarinpa, and Mabushi deface the beauty and the serenity that should adorn those high octane places. In Karsana District, where big housing estates like Mabglobal, Efab, Queen, Sahara, and Deltahan are situated, a major slum spanning many kilometres has sprung up, even blocking the entrances to these estates to the discomfort of residents and owners of the estates.

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