In its move to maintain the aesthetic beauty of the nation’s capital, the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday began ridding the city of posters and billboards pasted on public utilities in the territory.
The department began the exercise under the popular bridge in Julius Berger roundabout, Wuse, where posters announcing religious, political and business activities were removed.
Speaking with newsmen that monitored the exercise on Thursday, Mr Kalu Ewetu, Head of Public Relations of the department, said the exercise would be sustained.
According to him, the “cleaning up” was part of efforts by the department to maintain the aesthetics of a befitting federal capital.
Ewetu said that the department would sustain the exercise because the posters constituted nuisance to the city, and also prosecute offenders caught pasting them.
“After this exercise, we will embark on arrest and prosecution of people who continue to paste such posters; we will trace them through the addresses on their posters.
“There is a provision in the FCT Act which bars people from indiscriminate pasting of posters in public places and we are set to invoke that provision.
“People who want to advertise their activities should take advantage of the mass media and billboards, which are decent avenues of advertisement”, he said.
Ewetu noted that the Abuja master plan included regulation of methods of advertisement, adding that if such activities were left unchecked, the city would become an eyesore.