Nigeria: Senate Supports Removal Of Sex Workers From Abuja Streets

The Senate has commended the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, in its sustained efforts to clear Abuja streets of commercial sex workers and beggars.

Senate committee on the FCTA yesterday said the step had helped in addressing some of the security challenges in the city.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Smart Adeyemi, said Abuja must remain a model to other cities in the country as conceived by its founding fathers.

Secretary of the Social Development Secretariat, Mrs Blessing Onu, while receiving the team, said inadequate budgetary provision for recurrent and capital projects remained one of its challenges.

She added that other problems of the secretariat include non-up grade of existing structures and centers with modern equipments to enable the department generate adequate revenue.

According to her, the secretariat had in place projects such as the building of rehabilitation centers, which are expected to be fully equipped with drugs, and renovation of women agro allied centers in Gwagwalada.

Senator Adeyemi while speaking, explained that the National Assembly was prepared to assist the administration generate adequate funds for critical projects.
He noted that the proposal for the establishment of a revenue board for Abuja would go along way in solving this problem.

In Area 11, Garki, prostitutes are normal fixtures, perhaps due to the fact that it remains one of the staunchest red light areas in the capital. Strewn with dozens of ‘joints,’ the streets of Area 11 provide shelter and recreation for commercial sex workers, as well as much-needed clientele. There, it is clear that roadside prostitution in Abuja is at its peak. Reports from Wuse Zone 4, Central Area and others paint a picture where residents are regularly harassed by desperate sex workers.

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