By Stanley Onyekwere
To ensure the security of lives and property in the Abuja metropolis, at all times, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says it has intensified its public facilities maintenance drive.
According the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, 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 however stressed the need for all the residents of the FCT to join hands with the authorities in maintaining all the public facilities in the Territory for the common good of all and sundry.
He disclosed that he has directed the Territory’s Department of Facilities Maintenance and Management to as a matter of priority replace all streetlight poles knocked down by accident vehicles.
He 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.
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.
He 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.
The Minister noted the strides achieved in the maintenance of drainages in the efforts at de-flooding of roads/streets in Garki I District, Asokoro District, Central Business District and Wuse II District, Abuja.