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Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014

Why we must control Abuja development – FCT minister

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bala fct ministerBy Stanley Onyekwere

In order to maintain the sanctity of Abuja Master Plan, there is need to keep an eye on those building structures in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.

The minister, who spoke when he received the Chairman and members of the Police Service Commission (PSC), who paid him a working visit in his office, at Area 11, Garki, said people come into the Territory, and start building anyhow, without understanding the concept of Abuja.

It would be recalled that the minister had warned local and graded chiefs that the administration would not accept demonstration against intensified demolition of illegal structures and clean up exercise in the FCT.

Peoples Daily reports that the warning followed Monday’s peaceful demonstration by some native women and children over alleged planned removal of shanties and illegal structures in some villages along Abuja Airport Road.

“What we do is to make sure that those who come without understanding the concept of Abuja as driven by a Master Plan, Geographic Information System as well as urban and engineering designs are made to comply with the rules.

“People are building anyhow, definitely we cannot abuse and bastardize the process of buildings in the Federal Capital Territory being one of the best capitals in Africa,” he added.

He noted that the increased influx of people into the FCT comes with additional security challenges, however appealed to the security agencies to redouble their efforts in fighting crime and criminalities to ensure the continued safety of Abuja because it is the mirror through which the World sees Nigeria.

According to the minister, the FCTA has been collaborating with the Nigeria Police Force for enforcement of rules regarding illegal structures as well as unapproved transport modes like commercial motorcycles (Okada) within the 250 square kilometers of the City, including restriction of the movement of tricycles in the Abuja metropolis to designated estates.

Mohammed commended the security organisations working in the FCT, for their persistent efforts in keeping Abuja safe.

He noted that members of the security family are among the detribalized Nigerians who work in all the nooks and crannies of the country, urging them to working for the safety of lives and property of all the residents of the Territory.

Furthermore, the minister stressed the need for continued closer collaboration and partnership with the security agencies, as Abuja remains one of the safest places in the country.

Also, he promised to allocate a plot of land for the Commission’s Cooperative Society to build staff housing for its members.

Ealier, the Chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro, thanked the Administration for its support to the police, which he said, has made their job a bit easier.

Okiro commended the minister for his developmental projects scattered across the Territory; saying that such stride is unprecedented.

“I want to state unequivocally that you have performed very well as the FCT Minister particularly in the areas of road infrastructure as well as opening up of new districts,” he said.

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