By Stanley Onyekwere
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has warned professionals doing business with the FCT Administration to sit up as the era of quackery is over; stressing that his Administration would not hesitate to blacklist any erring professional.
He noted that the FCT Administration has the responsibility of securing the lives and property of all the residents of the Territory, insisting that it would not do less.
The minister, who gave this warning during the FCT Operations briefing session in Gwarinpa I District (Life-Camp), Abuja, maintained that as a responsible Administration, anything that would negatively affect the lives of the residents of the Territory would be fought to a standstill.
He reiterated that henceforth any professional found wanting would promptly be reported to their professional bodies, as FCT Administration is not ready to compromise the life of any resident of the Territory.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Sule, the minister recalled that in its efforts to curtail any case of building collapse in the Territory, the FCT Development Control as a routine, had officially reported a structural engineer (not a Staff of FCTA) to the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), which earned the Engineer one-year suspension.
It adds: “The disciplinary action taken by COREN would surely serve as a deterrent because the FCT Administration is fervently fighting to completely stop any case of building collapse in and around the 8,000 square kilometers of the Territory.”
While commending COREN for their decisiveness in handling reported cases of professional misconduct among its registered members, he called on other professionals in the construction industry such as Town Planners’ Registration Council (TOPREC) and Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) to follow suite in their collaborative work with the FCT to engender orderly and safe development in the Territory.