By Stanley Onyekwere
In order to enhance the security of lives and property in the Federal Capital City at all times, the Minister of the Federal Capital (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed , has directed the Department of Facilities Maintenance and Management to as a matter of priority replace all streetlight poles knocked down by accident vehicles.
The minister noted that the replacement of the streetlight poles would go a long way in providing full illumination of the entire city at night, thereby enhancing the security surveillance of the Federal Capital City.
Mohammed reminded the Department that maintenance of public facilities has always been part and parcel of the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammad Sule, the minister also directed that all the potholes found in the City should be patched to further enhance ease movement of vehicles thereby reducing traffic gridlock often experienced at peak hours in the Abuja metropolis.
The statement added that the minister further instructed that all drainages be cleared and maintained to de-flood the roads and streets within the Federal Capital City, Abuja in preparation for the next raining season.
Mohammed however commended the department for the patching of potholes on some major streets and roads in the Federal Capital City namely; Tafawa Balewa Street before and after Garki District Hospital; Nnewi Street, Area 2, Garki; Imo Crescent/Mashhod Abiola Junction, Area 2, Garki; and Birnin Kebbi Street in Garki II District, Abuja.
“Other streets that have been patched include the junction of Yakubu Gowon Crescent and Murtala Muhammad Way; Junction of Muhammad Ribadu Street and Yakubu Gowon Crescent and Roundabout near SS Quarters-Murtala Muhammad Way all in the Asokoro District, Abuja.
“In Wuse I District, Mambolo Street, Zone 2; Gabes Street, Zone 2; Aswan Street, Zone 3; Suez Crescent, Zone 4; Tunis Street, Zone 6 and Makeni Street Zone 6 have been adequately patched in addition to the Obafemi Awolowo Way in Jabi District and J.T. Useni Way as well as Salihu Iliyasu Street in Gwarinpa I District (Life-Camp),” the quoted the minister.
The Minister noted the strides achieved in the maintenance of drainages in the efforts made to de-flooding of roads/streets in Garki I District, Asokoro District, Central Business District and Wuse II District, Abuja.
Mohammed announced that the activities of undesirable elements vandalizing Manhole and Gully inlet covers would soon be a thing of the past as his Administration is already working to replace the stolen covers with ductile iron, which would remain worthless, if stolen.
He therefore called on all the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to join hands with the authorities in maintaining all the public facilities in the Territory for the common good of all Nigerians.