Akin Akande, Abuja
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has reiterated the fact that the Abuja Land Swap Model is a practical innovation of his administration to fast track the development of the nation’s capital.
The Minister stated this while hosting Abuja stakeholders at his official residence in Gwarinpa after FCT Muslim Community visited President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on during the Eid-el-Fitr holidays.
“We have brought innovation to leave landmark and fast track development of the entire 8,000 square kilometer of the Federal Capital Territory,” the minister said.
Senator Mohammed who called for peaceful co-existence amongst all residents of the Territory irrespective of religious or political inclination, promised to respect the sensibility of all.
The Minister expressed gratitude for the support his Administration has been enjoying from the residents of the Territory and further assured that all actions taken by the government are taken for public good.
He sought for forgiveness if anyone was wronged by any step taken in repositioning the wheel of governance in the Territory and also said that whoever has offended them are also forgiven in the spirit of the season.
The Minister personally thanked the Christians residing in the FCT, especially the FCT Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), for always being together with the Muslims during their festivities and urged Muslims to reciprocate the same gesture during Christian festivities to foster unity in the overall interest of the nation.
The Senator representing FCT, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda seized the opportunity to congratulate the Muslim Ummah on Eid-el-Fitr and commended the robust and brotherly relationship between the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide.
In his opening remarks, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu, on behalf of the bureaucrats expressed unflinching loyalty to the government.
Engineer. Chukwu described Eid-el-Fitr as very significant because it has afforded the residents an opportunity and platform to always meet and rub minds; adding that frank discussions during iftar (breaking of fast during Ramadan) and Sallah celebration with stakeholders has further cemented the existing cordial relationship amongst residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Chairman of FCT ALGON who is also the Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Mr. Micah Jiba thanked the FCT Minister for all the wonderful innovation he has brought to bear in the governance of FCT.
He promised that they would continue to support the FCT Administration under Senator Bala Mohammed because he has been carrying them along.
FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, the Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Ustaz Musa Mohammed, FCT CAN Chairman, Rev. Israel Akanji, FCT Area Council Chairmen and some Associations of the FCT Original inhabitants were among prominent residents that attended the get-together.