FCT Parks and Recreation dept begins park operators record update, cautions against illegal felling of trees in FCT

The FCT Parks and Recreation Department has commenced Park Operators record update in order to ascertain the actual genuine park owners, and if, accurate remittances are made, even as it seeks to ensure compliances to bonded MOU as well as rules and regulation.

The Director in charge of the department, Hajia Risikat AbdulAzeez made this known during a media interaction in her office. She emphasised that the ongoing update includes all holders of Letters of Intent LoI to develop, operate and manage any designated park, green area and open space should come forward to update their records. If the forms in circulation has not reached them from the parks and recreation department.

Hajia Risikat also frowned at the way and manner trees are being fallen by unauthorised people which she said cannot be tolerated any longer as the department has taken measures to prosecute offenders no matter who is involved and how highly placed.The director particularly mentioned the Usuma axis where tree felling has blown out of proportion.

She explained further that there is an aggressive campaign embarked on in order to sensitize and educate FCT residents on the dangers of tree felling as regards to vegetational abuse and environmental hazard.

“The situation is becoming alarming and worrisome both within the city and around the catchment areas of Usuma Dam”

The Director also raised issues of violation of park regulations by many Park Operators who according to intelligence findings of the department operates beyond the authorised 7 pm closing time which is against the rules of the department. Since the assumption of office of the Director, alot of changes have taken place in areas of interaction with park operators, availing them of updated information, consistent and constant clearing of flowers along Abuja city centre and others too numerous to mention. Hajia Risikatu implores all park operators to comply in order to ease the tension for the owners. She assured FCT residents of service delivery from the department on areas of jurisdiction.

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