Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that have land allocated to them under the FCT Master-plan to come forward to regularise such parcels of land by processing their titles.
Bello said this is one way of safeguarding such titles against encroachments or inadvertent reallocations.
He made this call when his Ministry of Interior counterpart, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau paid him a courtesy visit in his office, last week.
The Minister disclosed that FCT Administration was working to recover all lands in Abuja that were originally designated for MDAs in the Abuja master-plan but were unwittingly allocated for other purposes in the Territory.
According to him: “With respect to allocation of land to Ministry of Interior and many other ministries that are not housed in the main secretariat, we are working at the areas at the Ahmadu Bello and Shehu Shagari ways, especially trying to identify land within the designated areas that were originally meant for Ministries.
“But over the years were inadvertently allocated for other purposes. Wherever it is practical and possible, we will try to recover these lands.”
The FCT Minister also indicated that the FCT Administration is also trying to revive the project for the expansion of the Federal Secretariat to provide befitting office accommodation for other ministries that are not housed in the main secretariat.
He assured, “Again, there is a project that was commenced many years ago as an expansion of the Federal Secretariat which apparently has been stopped. We will look at it also.
“We will look at numerous options to be able to see that we are able to get proper office accommodation for the Ministry of Interior and one or two others, including Ministry of Agriculture.”
Earlier in his remark, the Minister of Interior, urged the FCT Administration to have a closer look at the small markets that are springing up around the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the FCT, saying some of the markets have been turned to platforms for sale of dangerous and prohibited drugs.
“Some of them will claim they are IDPs from the Northeast; of course, there is need for us to accommodate these displaced persons but we have to do it in a way that it does not have negative consequences on security.
“I thought I should seize this opportunity to bring it up so that we can put heads together and know precisely how to deal with the situation,” he said.
Danbazzau while speaking on the Old Secretariat building housing Ministry of Interior, said the Ministry is looking for a befitting area to erect a new Ministry Secretariat that would reflect the image and importance of the Ministry.
The Ministry, he said warehouses the five major paramilitary organizations charged with the responsibility of maintaining the internal security and public safety in the country. He hoped that they should be properly accommodated to perform their functions effectively.
“We’ve tried everything we can do on our own to renovate the old building. We have carried out an extension from the main building with the permission of the FCTA, which we are still working on.
“Still, it’s an area that we thought we should be able to relocate. We want to make that request for land for a new secretariat,”he stressed.
Danbazzau also presented the issue of the Nigerian prisons service and fire service. He thanked the FCT Administration for their support to both institutions.
He revealed, “We have received approval to build both maximum and minimum prisons in Abuja as well as renovate and reconstruct existing facilities. It’s very important that we build that because Kuje houses all manner of convicts and those awaiting trial.
“We have suspected Boko Haram persons, we have very dangerous criminals that awaiting trial all in the same place.
“We have high profile convicts in the same place and we have those who committed offences that should keep them in prison for probably six months. We have all kinds of mix which we think is not the standard we should achieve.”