“We’ll Improve Abuja Security, Sanitation, Streetlights In Six Months”-Wike

By: Wisdom Acka

FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, targets to achieve provision of security, sanitation, funtional streetlights and eradicate indiscriminate bus stops and motor parks in the city.

The Minister disclosed that his determination is aimed at delivering these deliverables within six months to Nigerians, before talking about infrastructure; assuring that his administration would also construct roads.

The Minister, who stated this during the official takeover ceremony on Tuesday at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Conference Hall, Central Business District, Abuja, promised not to abandon any project.

His words: “I am not party to abandoned projects, and I want to do projects that will take me one year” so that there will be no issue of variation.”

He stated that any Director or head of any Secretariat, Department and Agency (SDAs), who would not be able to cope with his targets to quickly deliver identified short term solutions should inform him and be posted out and those who could, be brought in.

“I will make your blood pressure (BP) high. You won’t sleep, because I will be calling you every time. So if you know you don’t have capacity, come and tell me now and I will post you to another place”, he urged.

Wike charged those in positions of service and authority to take bride in the fact that during their times, achievements, not failure, was recorded; advising them do their work and not bother whether people loved them or not.

Reiterating that his government would demolish illegal structures, he said: “There is no going back on demolition. Illegality is illegality and that someone didn’t take action before doesn’t mean another will not take action today or tomorrow “.

The Minister also restated his stance to stop grazing, use of motorcycles and tricycles in the city centre.

“Keke NAPEP has taken over Maitama and Asokoro. How do you allow motorcycles, and even without helmets, in the city, we can have them at the satellite towns”, he said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration, Mr. Olusade Adesola, pledged the commitment, support and loyalty of all FCTA staff to the current government.

Adesola presented handover notes to the two Ministers, containing a list of major ongoing projects in the Territory, includung works at the Lower Usuma Dam, provision of engineering infrastructure at the newly opened Maitama II District, strengthening of G-7 security initiative, and completion of hospitals development, among others.