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FCT'll not become haven for drug trafficking, abuse - Minister

27th Jan, 2020 | By By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has declared that the FCT Administration (FCTA) will not allow the Territory become a haven for illicit drug operations and users, saying a high percentage of criminality that occur in the Territory are in one way or the other linked to drug use and abuse.

The Minister said this when he received the new FCT National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander, Mr. Hamisu Lawan in his office. Malam Bello promised the continuous cooperation and support of FCTA to the NDLEA, adding that the relationship between both organisations has always been cordial and effective based on mutual cooperation and shared goals and objectives.

He urged the new commander to exhibit the same passion and commitment for the job as exhibited by his predecessor, Mrs. Chinyere Obijuru, who, he said, worked very closely with the FCTA authorities in the fight against the menace of drug abuse and trafficking. Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Lawan thanked the Minister for the support to the agency over the years, especially in the "pin-down" operations being enforced in some dark spots across the city.

He also expressed concern over the use of some gardens across the city as venues for drug consumption and abuse. He, however, pledged the commitment of NDLEA to arrest the ugly situation, reminding all that drug crimes are not only crimes on their own but can also lead to other forms of crime and criminality. In attendance with the Minister were the Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Borno, and the Director, Security Services Department of FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary.

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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