Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello canvases citizen participation in governance

FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has called for citizens’ support for the Abuja project by contributing their quota towards the development of the nation’s capital. 

The minister made this known when the editorial team of the Nigerian Pilot newspaper, led by the editor, Dr. Austin Maho and chairmen, Editorial Board, Mr. Sam Odaudu, paid him a courtesy call in his office last week. 

“FCT is for all Nigerians, not just for government officials; we must be passionate about the city and ensure that things work,” Bello stated. 

He stated that Abuja was well conceived by the founding fathers and that almost every aspect of the city has been captured in the master plan and that with cooperation from residents, Abuja will be a good place for all. 

He also explained that the city is growing astronomically, but it’s incumbent on the authorities to keep pace with the growth and make the city conducive for all. 

 

Bello said when people come into Abuja, they expect to get minimal comfort and a conducive environment to relax, live and do business saying, “so we must protect the city; everybody is a gate keeper, we must ensure that traffic infractions, refuse management and disposal as well as street lighting and other facilities must be protected by residents.” 

To achieve all these, the minister said it must be collaborative, that is why his administration is interested in strengthening existing institutions to function efficiently. 

Earlier, the editor of the newspaper, Dr. Maho, assured the minister of the cooperation, objective and unbiased coverage of the newspaper.

Maho commended the minister for financial prudence and achieving, even with very little; completing projects initiated by past governments. 

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