Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has promised to end the seemingly unending cases of encroachment on some of Nigerian Army’s properties in the Territory.
Bello gave this assurance when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai paid him a courtesy call in his office, on Monday.
According to him, the issues of encroachment on Military land is one of the issues the present FCT Administration inherited upon assumption of office.
He however commended the Nigerian Army for its recourse to due process in its pursuit of resolution of the encroachment into its land in the FCT.
Also, the FCT Minister lauded the tremendous successes recorded by the Nigerian Army in its effort to restore peace and security in the country.
He equally paid tributes to the outstanding leadership qualities of the Chief of Army Staff, which he cited as being responsible for the great strides recorded by the Nigerian Army under his command.
He noted that Abuja has been acclaimed as one of the fastest growing cities in the world, which according to him, comes with the burden of rising demographics, pressure on land and overstretching of the facilities.
According to him, being a creation of law, solutions for these problems must be found within the framework of the laws and documents creating Abuja, one of which is the Master-plan.
He therefore pledged to work with relevant Military department to seek lawful and amicable resolutions of these issues.
“We inherited a lot of issues pertaining to encroachments on Military land.
“We are going to work with your office to harmonize what your requirements are: for offices, barracks, technical manoeuvre, security logistics, post service estate among others,” he stressed.
Earlier, the Army Chief said the essence of the visit was to solicit the intervention of the FCT Administration in the efforts of the Nigerian Army to recover and commence development of some of the land granted them upon relocation to Abuja.
He said some of portions of its land, he lamented, have been encroached upon by some people.
He therefore called on the FCT authorities to help it recover these plots of land.
Buratai underscored that the Nigerian Army is a responsible agency that believes in due process and would not take advantage of its position to lord it over people.
He praised the efforts of the FCT Administration in infrastructural development and efforts to open up the city, even in the midst of economic challenges of the time.