The Nigerian Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Mr. Mohammed Bello says the administration will strive to achieve the set goals in the development of the capital city in line with the vision of the present administration.
Mr. Bello, while receiving the participants of Course 38 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, in Abuja, noted that a lot has been achieved and more need to be done to fast track the development of the entire Federal Capital Territory.
He said the administration would not leave any stone unturned as he strives to upscale the infrastructural development of the city and its environs.
“I assure you that this administration will continue to strive very hard to achieve all the goals set for us in all aspects so that we will continue to advance the society.
When you talk about Abuja, the initial impression is that the city is beautiful with roads, streetlights and beautiful buildings but the reality of Abuja is much more than the beautiful things you have seen,” Mr. Bello emphasized.
The Minister urged the participants to feel free and come out with a realistic assessment of the city to help government in taking critical decisions.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye stated that the FCT administration’s policy on poverty reduction and inclusive development was targeted at people in the rural communities.
“The FCT administration operates with what we call Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) just like the MDAs in the Federal Government,” Dr. Ajakaiye explained.
He further explained that the Secretariats and departments operate more as policy-making organs, while the agencies implement those policies as formulated.
The Permanent Secretary went further to list the seven mandate Secretariats of the FCT administration which include education, transportation, health and human services, social development, agriculture and rural development, area council services and Legal services secretariats as well as the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council that takes care of the municipal services.
On his part, the leader of the NIPSS delegation, Professor Abu Galadima advised the FCT administration to send officials to the Institute during the participants’ presentation of its study report.
Professor Galadima noted that “ the tradition of the National Institute that when a report is presented at the institute, the affected organisation and in this case the FCT administration is expected to be there to listen, interact with the rest of the participants and come back with a report to the Minister.”