Chris Steven, Abuja
Two weeks after the change of leadership in the country, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) secretariat at Area 11, Abuja has become a shadow of itself, The Post can authoritatively report.
Those who used to make the secretariat thick have deserted the place since the exit of the last FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that the once lovely secretariat which houses the office of the FCT Minister and the Minister of State has since been deserted by politicians and businessmen who used to daily throng the place when there were Ministers.
The main entrance to the Minister’s office which used to witness heavy human traffic on a daily basis is only manned now by security operatives who also look forlorn as tips from visitors were no longer coming.
The absence of the Ministers however did not affect activities of land racketeers who hang around the secretariat and Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) transacting land deals.
This was as many indigenes of Bauchi state, who also relocated to the FCTA since 2010 when Senator Bala Mohammed was appointed as the FCT Minister have also found their ways.
A staff of the Secretariat who spoke to our reporter under anonimity said the politicians who usually flood the Minister’s office seeking one favour or anothe have ceased to come to the place since there’s no substantive Minister.
He revealed that while the politicians come to the Minister to get land allocation which according to him is the Abuja gold, businessmen often come with all kinds of business proposals.
” This place has now been deserted because there’s no Minister. When last did you see all those politicians and other people that used to come here everyday?
Everywhere is dry. Even the security men at the gate and those at the Minister’s office are complaining. They no longer see who will dash them money again.
You know those big men come here to get land allocation from the Minister and now that there’s no Minister we don’t see them again. Even those businessmen that normally bring proposals are also not coming again.”he said
He however said activities would pick up at the Secretariat as soon as a new Minister is appointed.
“I think they are all waiting for President Buhari to appoint a new Minister and then we will be seeing them again” he said