By Everest Samuel Ikechukwu
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has implored heads of various agencies and parastatals under the FCT Administration to not always wait for directive from him before they could act.
He specifically charged them to be alive and more proactive to their duties.
The Minister spoke while receiving the report of Special Ministerial Taskforce on decongestion of Abuja-Nyanya- Karu-Jikwoyi-Karshi road.
According to him, “It’s very important for us to ensure that the relevant departments saddled with the responsibilities whether they are at the level of the Ministry of FCT proper, Secretariats and agencies or Area Council, sit together, look at their mandates and work.
“These communities are your citizens, they are in your localities. Your main duty is to provide a good environment for the people to be healthy and for an environment that all of us should be proud of.”
Bello lamented that the problems bedevilling governments over the years have been those of institutional failure, stressing that if these institutions had done their jobs well, there would not have been need for setting up taskforce teams in the first instance.
As expected, the Minister commended the team for a job well done, as there have been appreciable improvement on that axis.
He however expressed concern that if the great job done by the committee is not sustained, the area would return to its days of decay.
He therefore assured that the Administration will look very closely at the report to find a way forward.
Our correspondent reports that committee, which began its work in April last year, at the occasion also made a call for more security presence along that axis.
The Committee also called for synergy among the various governments institutions under the FCTA that are working towards the same goal, as it is the only way that government could surmount the environmental and traffic challenges that have bedeviled the city.
The Chairman of the Committee, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Nienge (rtd), made this call against the backdrop of efforts by government to root out criminalities on the Bwari/Kaduna route into the city.
According to him, the route now being patrolled by the military, is likely to leave Nynaya/Jikwoyi-Karshi axis vulnerable to the criminals being chased out that axis.
“We pray that constant security presence is maintained in that area which is strategically important to the FCT, considering its position as the gateway to the city that has a very large population.
“The road from Bwari to Kaduna, the military are patrolling there more. So, there is tendency that most of these criminals will now divert their attention to this other side. I think we should take that route more seriously.”
Nienge however called on the FCTA to have a closer look at the activities of the various transport unions and organizations in the territory to ensure that they do not arrogate unto themselves powers that they do not possess under the law.