Chris Steven, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will embark on comprehensive surveillance of all uncompleted buildings in the Federal Capital Territory to ensure that such places are not turned into den of criminals.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello dropped this hint while receiving a delegation of leaders of Christian community that paid him a courtesy visit in his office .
The Minister said that the Administration is concerned about the several uncompleted buildings across the Federal Capital City, Abuja and a number of unidentified persons squatting in such places, which may pose security risk.
Malam Bello noted that his Administration has been able to tackle some of the people using the under-bridges as their abode and that the operation would continue until the city is rid of such activities.
He revealed that the Administration had earlier spoken to the Muslim community on the unfortunate cases of street begging in some areas of the city and urged the residents to join hands with the FCTA to eradicate that menace.
The Minister disclosed that his Administration intends to take the issues of rehabilitation very seriously to give those with such social problem a sense belonging, thereby making them useful to themselves and the entire society.
His words: “In the 2016 fiscal year, the FCT Administration will upgrade Rehabilitation Centre for effective skill acquisition to make the rehabilitated persons independent and self sustenance.”
Malam Bello reiterated that the FCT Administration also intends take them back to their families for re-absorption into the society after successful rehabilitation.
According to him, the current FCT Administration will make Abuja friendlier to the populace by making them own all government policies and programmes.
He added that his Administration would encourage religious and moral education in its schools to give re-orientation to the younger generation.
The FCT Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Israel Akanji who led the delegation appealed to the Minister for land for church groups and for FCT Administration to spare church building where possible.
Rev. Akanji also asked that the government to re-consider its stance on sponsorship of pilgrims to Israel.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and other officials of the FCT Administration joined the Minister to receive the delegation, which included the Primate of Anglican Communion, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, John Kennedy Opara among others.
Chris Steven, Abuja