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Published On: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019

Residents task FCT minister on transformation of satellite towns

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By Usman Shuaibu

Following the re-appointment of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello by President Muhammadu Buhari, some residents of the FCT, have charged the minister to focus on the transformation of satellite towns.
They said the re-appointment of the FCT Minister by the President was destined by Almighty God, while urging the minister to continue steering the FCT Administration for good this time around.
The inhabitants, who gave the charge in separate interviews with our correspondent at their respective area councils, also asked the minister to provide the gains of democracy for the residents in the territory.
An aggrieved APC member who spoke on condition of anonymity in Gwagwalada, alleged that the first tenure of the minister had not carried out enough projects in the FCT.
The worried APC member said with the return of the FCT minister, he should provide the needed facilities for the people across the six area councils in the interest of the residents.
Another APC member in Kwali, Mr Audu Danladi called on the minister to put in place a government of integrity and a government that cares for the masses, while noting that during the first tenure of the minister, he had failed to focus on human development.
Danladi charged the minister to swing into action to carry out meaningful projects at the grassroots level, and urged the minister to take the Abuja indigenes along in the scheme of things.
According to him, going by bitter experiences by the residents during the first tenure of the minister, he urged the minister to give the nation’s capital the required attention to enable the Abuja indigenes/ residents to feel the impact of his administration this time around.
Expressing contrary view on the FCT Minister’s reappointment, Friday Oke appealed to the minister to repair the dilapidated roads within the satellite towns of the FCT, and pleaded with him to complete the abandoned projects in the territory for the sake of development.
An inhabitant from Kuje, Mr Wakili Danyibe tasked the minister on the completion of Kuje-Gwagwalada road which is under construction since the first term of his administration, expressing the dismay over the slow pace of the work.
Danyibe called on tahe minister to always use the FCT budget judiciously in order to provide basic necessities of life for the residents, lamenting the state of the infrastructural decay in the territory.
Mr Ismail Yusuf, a resident in Kuje also, complained that the FCT minister during his first tenure left the area councils chairmen unchecked in terms of their performances.
He said that during the first tenure of the minister, he had failed to initiate the town hall meetings to enable the residents or Abuja indigenes to discuss on issues affecting them.
On his part, a resident from Abaji, Mr Rulwan Suleiman, charged the minister to initiate people’s oriented projects that would impact positively on the lives of Abuja people.
Similarly, one Mrs Salamatu Salisu who residents in Garki, Abuja , said the minister should put the necessary measures in place to arrest some pending problems facing the traders in the territory, and urged the minister to provide an enabling environment for business men and women.
She begged the minister to checkmate the activities of the officials of Abuja Environmental and Protection Board (AEPB) on the illegal extortion of money from the traders.
Not left out, a public analyst based in Gwagwalada, Mr Emmanuel Ogbonna, challenged the minister for the abandonment of cottage hospital in Kutunku, noting that the project was initiated by the former minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed
Meanwhile, the general feelings of Abuja indigenes is that the FCT minister who is re-appointed to consolidate the FCT Administration would only be remembered if he changes his administrative style, as well fast tract development in the satellite towns.

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