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Year 2019 in FCT and expectations of 2020

27th Jan, 2020 | By Stella Ojeme | ||

As the year draws to an end, it is important to have a cursory look at some of the major events that shaped the year 2019 in the country and the FCT in particular. 2019 no doubt was quite significant being that it was the year that elections were held and President Muhammadu Buhari was reelected and sworn in for a second term in office.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello was also reappointed for another tenure of four years to chair the affairs of the FCT, alongside the Minister of State, Hajiya Ramatu Tijani. Abuja residents must really be commended for the role they played during the elections by adhering to the rules and regulations and in the end ensuring that the elections were peaceful and hitch-free in the FCT. It is much to their credit that there were no serious cases of violence or election malpractice in all the six Area Councils. Such outcomes are quite commendable and worthy of emulation by other states of the country.

With the elections over, the much expected appointments were made in the FCT and the Minister as well as the Minister of State quickly set out to accomplish the tasks that were handed down to them under the presidential deliverables. So far so good, it is safe to say that the duo have demonstrated their competence, especially in the areas of city management and the provision of infrastructure. All the ongoing infrastructure projects in the FCT for instance have continued to receive tremendous attention with some of them nearing completion. Other sectors as health, education and social services have also not been left out.

Worthy of mention is the great emphasis that was placed on the enforcement of rules and regulations guiding every activity in the FCT in the period under review. A lot of enforcement activities were done to ensure that criminality and lawlessness do not continue to creep into the city especially in terms of the city's intra modern transportation sector. The collaboration between the FCT Administration and the Nigeria Police, the Federal Road Safety Corp, the Civil Defence and other relevant agencies was done to ensure that traffic regulations were adhered to as provided by law. As a result, the much touted restriction of tricycle and motorcycle operators finally received the desired attention and effort.

It is important to state here that the restriction on Keke and Okada was not done to witch-hunt anybody or group of persons. Rather, it was to ensure that the FCT has a safe, functional and efficient public transportation and traffic management system, without which the city could slide into chaos at the rate the city is expanding demographically. However, the burden of achieving an effective and efficient transportation system must not be left to government alone. As citizens, particularly those of us that are road users, there is need for an attitudinal change. We have to all agree that in our society here, breaking the traffic light is unacceptable.

There are good signs that the year 2020 will be a great one for FCT residents as the Minister has promised to continue to fund projects that will have greater impact on the lives of Abuja residents. Some of the projects that have been slated to receive much attention include the Apo Karshi road, the Karshi Water Works, rural infrastructure among others. A sizeable chunk of the budget has also been set aside for the completion of the light rail project and other counterpart funded related projects aimed at enhancing socioeconomic activities in the FCT.

In the same vein, provision has also been made for infrastructure development in the satellite towns as well as the resettlement and compensation of the Abuja original inhabitants. This no doubt will help to tackle the problem of proliferation of slums in the capital city as well as address the agitations by the Abuja natives. From the foregoing, it is very clear that the FCT Administration has set the right priorities and is well on course to deliver on these laudable objectives. As residents, therefore, it is very important that we all get behind the FCT Administration and give her the needed cooperation and support in the coming year to deliver on these set targets that would inevitably make life more meaningful for us in the FCT. Abuja, being the eye through which the world views the country, also deserves the support of every resident to ensure that the dreams of its founding fathers are actualized.

News Update

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus.

Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, sounded the note of warning when he led an inter-departmental technical committee on inspection tour of some parts of the nation's capital city to assess the level of degradation perpetrated through activities of illegal developers

Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.


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