Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Residents Deplore Defacing of FCT With Posters

Some residents of Abuja on Monday frowned at the continued defacing of the Federal Capital Territory with posters on bridges and culverts.

In an interview with NAN in Abuja on Monday, the residents expressed their displeasure at how the city was taking on a riotous look because of pasting of various kinds of posters.

Mr. Kayode Adeniji, one of the respondents, said the way people indiscriminately paste pictures on every space available was not good for the environment.

"The way these people just go about stamping the whole place with these posters will make you think that the posters are part of the master plan of the city.

"They do not realise this is another type of pollution; when we say pollution it is not only refuse, smoke from the exhaust of cars or smoke from firewood that cause pollution.

"Even excessive noise from musical sets constitutes pollution, but the plastering of these posters everywhere is fast getting out of hand and I think the FCT authorities should do something about it," Adeniji said.

Another respondent, Mrs. Jumai Kadiri, said that the posters were making the environment lose its beauty and serenity in that the many colours created a chaotic ambiance.

"Just look at the pictures all over the place, today you see one, tomorrow its torn off and another is pasted, it's as if they are in a competition.

"I think there should be a charge and a process before people are allowed to paste things in the city centre, Abuja is supposed to be a model and by all means we should try to keep it that way," Kadiri said.

Mr. Patrick Ogah, also a resident, was in agreement with the opinion of the other respondents.

Ogah added that these people "even go as far as placing mobile bill boards on the culverts in places like Mararaba, a neighbouring town close to the FCT.

"I don't get it, why people should be allowed to turn the whole city upside down and no one does anything about it.

"The ones in Mararaba are even more audacious; the mobile stands just take up the space on the culverts as if they are meant to be there.

"You see people with their big buckets of gum pasting these posters and no one queries them; the FCDA should awaken to its responsibility and take control of things.

"The posters are really becoming a menace," Ogah said.

NAN

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