Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will work assiduously to strengthen the various institutions in the Territory and maintain existing rules in carrying out its statutory activities.
The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, made this known at a special congress meeting of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in honor of the Minister in Abuja.
Bello said that the institutions would be allowed to do their work to ensure all wrongs in the Federal Capital Territory in the past were made right.
He noted that Abuja was the only city in Nigeria that was a creation of the law and in administrating it, the rule of law would also take precedence to instill discipline in all facets of its life.
According to him, “we need to strengthen the institutions to eradicate individual or selfish interests in our actions and inactions while in the position of leadership. I want the Federal Capital Territory and indeed the entire Nigeria to get to a stage where for instance, the Director of Urban & Regional Planning will tell the Minister or any political appointee that the plot of land you are asking me to earmark cannot be allocated because it is a green area meant for aesthetic, beautification or relaxation points for generations yet unborn”.
The minister also explained that the ongoing Abuja Light Rail project has now attained 70 percent completion and that the Administration intends to keep faith with history by completing and making it operational by December 31, 2017.
The Minister appreciated the media for the support the Administration has been receiving from the members of the fourth estate of the realm and appealed for continuous understanding.
Welcoming guests to the congress meeting, the Chairman of the Abuja Council of the NUJ, Mr. Paul Abeche Ella remarked that since 1976 when FCT got its first Minister, none of the other 16 Ministers had thought it fit to attend the NUJ Congress as the Minister done.
He noted that Abuja Council of the Union is 30 years but without a permanent secretariat and therefore appealed to the Minister to assist in completing the ongoing work at the Secretariat.
The Congress meeting was also attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye; Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council; National President of NUJ; Acting Secretaries of all the Mandate Secretariats, Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, NUJ Zonal officials, all the state chairmen of NUJ in North Central as well as some FCT Directors including Information & Communications, Development Control and Abuja Environmental Protection Board.