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Published On: Fri, Aug 31st, 2018

Eagle square: FCTA unaware of Kwankwaso’s application -investigation

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Investigations have revealed that the FCT Administration, may not be aware of any official application from the Kwankwaso Campaign Organization for use of the Eagle Square.
Recall that serious political dust was raised over the inability of Eagle Square facility managers to grant permission for use of the facility during the working hours of Wednesday, this week.
However, checks revealed that the purported grant permission for use of the popular facility during the midweek, was given to a Kano based organization: Rasy International Properties Ltd.
A reliable source within the FCT Administration, who pleaded anonymity, argued that it could not, therefore, have known that Rasy International Properties Ltd was the same as Kwankwaso campaign organization.
Further findings revealed that although some organizations in the past, have used the Eagle Square facility for events during the working week, but not in recent times as that policy has been under review lately.
Again, checks show that in no way is the Presidency connected with the failure of Rasy to secure due to its inability to meet up with the minimum requirements, neither was the FCT Minister aware that Kwankwaso Campaign Organization applied for use of the Eagle Square.
Recall that a certain religious festival early in the year during which the entire Abuja city centre was shut down by a mammoth crowd of adherents. The various roads were closed and intractable traffic gridlocks arose in various adjoining districts, coupled with a huge bedlam.
Open spaces around the Eagle Square were converted into conveniences and mounts of filth presented a huge task for the Abuja sanitation agency. There were also attendant security apprehensions and chaos.
Perhaps, confronted with heightened security concern, the facility managers seemed to have had no option but to cancel the request. It must also be stated that it is not the first time this is happening.
“It must be restated that filing the application for the use of the Square in the name of a barely known organization, Rasy International Properties Ltd, based in Kano did not help matters.
“The decision to use or not to use the Eagle Square is simply that of the facility managers to take, and not the Presidency or the FCT Administration.
“In doing this, the facility mangers, always recourse to the Administration’s recent decision not to grant use of the place during office hours any longer, as well as to ensure adequate background check for interested organizations in order to ensure only recognized organizations and national bodies could have access to the facility,” a source explained.

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