Residents of Abuja have decried the poor sanitary condition of Jabi Motor Park, the central park in the nation's capital city. The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, stressed the need to give the park a befitting look.
One of the respondents, Mrs Sola Balogun, told NAN that she used the park for her trips to Akure for business transactions.
Balogun said: ''I am telling you that the state of this park is unacceptable; does it mean that we cannot do anything right?
''Must everyone own a car; can't one enjoy decency in our public places anymore? It is really unfortunate.''
Mrs Amina Sule, a trader in textiles said: ''It is so sad that those living close to this park and those commuters using the park are as guilty as those managing it.
''What you see around the park always is appalling but one needs to move on; see how everywhere is littered with filth, faeces and smell of urine oozing out from all angles.''
Mr Ayo Deji, a taxi driver who said he brings passengers to the park every day, rued the state of sanitation and general maintenance of the facility.
''The park is used only by people like you and me and not by the rich people; someone should care that this indiscriminate urination in the open can cause outbreak of diseases.
''Yes, I see them sweeping at about 6 a.m. but they cannot maintain the cleanliness of the park for the whole day,'' Deji said.
However, two members of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), Jabi Motor Park branch, agreed that the park should lead the others in cleanliness and orderliness since it is the biggest in Abuja.
''In this park, there are five points where toilet facilities are available, each with bathrooms and toilets; the place is clean but you must pay N10 to urinate, N30 to use the toilet and N40 to use the bathroom.