FCTA, park operators meet on alcohol ban enforcement and working hours in Abuja

the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the operators of recreational parks in Abuja met Tuesday on the enforcement of hours of operation and the ban on alcoholic beverages in the parks. This was revealed by the FCT’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Minister for Supervision and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah. In compliance with the city’s policy on parks and gardens, members of the FCTA task force, on Monday, raided some relaxation parks to enforce their 7 p.m. closure. This came into effect a week after FCT Minister Muhammad Bello reportedly gave the directive. Ongoing commitments – FCTA Citing FCT policy, Mr. Attah reiterated the administration’s position on the sale of alcohol in public parks where parents and children gather to relax. “This morning we had a full-scale engagement meeting with the park operators. The parks department was on the ground, CSOs, the Journalists Union of Nigeria (NUJ) had people on the ground, all the stakeholders participated in today’s meeting and we are going to report to the FCT Permanent Secretary who From that moment on, he will communicate with the Minister,” he revealed. He further said that during the meeting, the park owners proposed a closing time of 9-10 p.m. even though the FCT park policy signed by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2005 stipulates 6 p.m. ALSO READ: Court prevents minister, FCTA from taking over Abuja hospital “We are looking at your points and the points of residents who are crying bitterly because they close late and need to go have fun. We are considering them, we are also human,” said the minister’s assistant. While appealing to park and garden owners not to lay off staff members, Mr. Attah confirmed that his team will not stop turning around to ensure compliance with both issues. defend yourself Fighting the execution, the owners of the centers, through their lawyers, in a letter to Mr. Bello, raised two concerns. They said the case is in court and accused the minister of ignoring the rule of law by enforcing a 7pm closure of parks and gardens across the city. “As counsel for the plaintiffs in the aforementioned lawsuit pending before the FCT High Court, we draw your attention to the threat of enforcement of the 6:00 pm closing time by the owner of the gardens at the FCT by of his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) for Monitoring and Compliance, Ikharo Attah, whose action is sub-judice of the case pending before the court. “Suffice it to say that we live in a democratic society where the rule of law prevails over the personal desires and banditry of public servants, the terms of the agreements in the above matter have been ordered to be presented by the court after the parties agreed on terms and conditions. principles,” said the lawyer for the affected businessmen, Ifeanyi Agu. He appealed to Mr. Bello to ask Mr. Attah to stop the exercise. Calls and text messages to Mr Attah and ministry spokesman Tony Ogunleye went unanswered at the time of reporting. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; FCTA, park operators meet on alcohol ban enforcement and working hours in Abuja