Written by Austine ELEMUE

Yuletide: FCTA moves to secure Abuja

Federal Capital Territory minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has assured that the FCT Administration will continue to support security agencies to make Abuja safer during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

The minister gave the assurance while receiving the new Commander of the AHQ Garrison, Abuja, Major-General John Malu, who paid him a working visit in his office, last week. 

Bello remarked that Abuja as the seat of government needs more security attention considering that the city is the window through which the world sees Nigeria. 

According to him, Abuja hosts Mr. President, members of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the federation as well as members of the diplomatic community and therefore every effort must be made to ensure adequate security of lives and property of the residents. 

He emphasized that Abuja city, and the satellite towns will continue to grow and therefore urged the security agencies as well as other stakeholders in the Abuja project to take proactive measures to nip any security breach in the bud. 

Bello further assured that the administration would continue to do all within its powers to partner with all concerned for the protection of lives and property in the territory. 

He seized the opportunity to thank the military and other security agencies in the FCT for the uncommon support given to the previous FCT administrations. 

Speaking earlier, the Commander of the AHQ Garrison, Major -General John Malu, requested the FCTA to give serious attention to the proliferation of illegal motor parks in the FCT, warning that such places constitute security risks to the residents. 

According to him, the challenge of street beggars, hawkers, commercial motorcycles (Okada) as well as non-functional streetlights should be tackled as they also pose security problems. 

He pledged the support and cooperation of the officers and men of the AHQ Garrison to make Abuja more secured. 

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