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Have faith in government institutions - FCT Minister charges Nigerians

16th Dec, 2019 | By Friday Edokpolor | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged Nigerians to have faith in government institutions as those institutions exist to not only serve them but protect their rights.

He said problems tend to arise when there are fears that the rights of citizens were being undermined either by acts of omission or commission by the authorities. The Minister gave the charge in an address he delivered at the 2019 Human Rights Summit/Awards held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja last week. The Minister, who was represented by Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, noted that the theme of the summit/awards 'Adopting Rights-Based Approach in the Public Sector Sustainable Development Agenda', was not only appropriate but also could not have come sooner as government was working fervently to strengthen public institutions and make them more functional and accountable to the people of Nigeria.

He implored participants at the summit to work out modalities that would ensure that institutions of government meet the expectations of the citizenry in all ramifications. He stated that the FCT Administration (FCTA) was continuously ensuring that the rights of all residents were well protected and had taken measures to that effect. One of such measures, according to him, is the strengthening of the FCT Judiciary to better cope with the rising population in the Territory and ensure quick dispensation of justice.

The Minister assured that FCTA was also in partnership with other relevant stakeholders such as the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) in the promotion and protection of human rights, saying that the partnership was to ensure that perpetrators of rape and other forms of abuse get the punishment they deserve and victims properly rehabilitated. He added that NAPTIP has now been inaugurated into the FCT Security Committee.

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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