By Remi Johnson
As part of efforts to guard against illegal development, the FCTA Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, RCSI, has organized workshop tagged: “Knowledge Cafe” for 150 District monitors on effective ways of managing a vibrant city.
At the flag off in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola while speaking with participants drawn from various FCTA SDAs and retired stakeholders in the region, said the essence of the workshop was to revisit past activities of the Administration towards fashioning out better ways of providing optimal services for FCT residents.
Mr Adesola who was represented by Director OPS, Mr Udoh Samuel Atang identified proliferation of illegal residential and commercial structures in all nooks and crannies of territory, as instrumental to the sharp rise in population explosion of Abuja.
Mr Adesola, explained that there was need for effective monitoring and supervision of services, especially with regards to development towards ensuring standards and compliance of people with the established laws guiding building development in the nations Capital.
“Abuja as one of the fastest growing cities in the world, has been projected to witness a surging population of 6,071,282 by the year 2050. Also, the perception that Abuja offers better opportunities in terms of employments, education, security,social amenities. In view of the foregoing, it has become imperative for the FCT Administration to nip in the bud indiscriminate erection of illegal structures and shanties within the Territory by constituting District Monitors, whose role is fundamentally to monitor structural development within the FCT, with a view to ensuring that the Abuja Plan is not compromised in any form.” Adesola said
Mr Adesola therefore urged participants to take the training seriously and avoid any temptation that would lure them to compromise the specified terms and reference.
On his part, Acting Director Development Control Department, Mr Garba Kwamkur who described the workshop as apt at a time when illegal buildings were on the increase, expressed optimism that the presence of District monitors in every part of Abuja would flatten the curve of indiscriminate buildings.
In a related development, the Director, Department of Human Resources Management FCTA, Dr. Muhammed Bashir called on the SDA’s of the FCT Administration to be proactive and innovative in harnessing new opportunities that would lead to the attainment of the vision and mission of the FCT Administration in maintaining standards in an Urban city like Abuja.
Earlier, Acting Director, FCTA Reform Coordination & Service Improvement (RCSI) Department,Dr Jumai Ahmadu, explained that the initiative of the Knowledge Cafe and the formation of district monitors was borne out of RCSI department’s objectives to work with leadership of the FCT Administration to identify processes, systems and service gaps with a view to eliminating such gaps.
According to Dr Jumai Ahmadu, FCTA through RCSI is committed to ensuring that things are done right by continuously feeding the people with the required information that would help them not to fall victim.
Dr Ahmadu who used the medium to call on prospective land or house buyers in Abuja, to always do their due diligence before payment and avoid patronizing local chief lands, added that only the allocations from the FCT Minister are considered genuine.
“The knowledge Cafe will bring experts from all the Administration’s technical and service delivery SDAs to interface with service providers on how to use emerging technologies to improve our services…like the ongoing demolition activities, we want to do things right, but people must on their part learn to do the right thing for the dreams of Abuja Founding Fathers to be achieved”.
In a good will message, SSA to the FCT Minister on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah called on the FCT Administration to give maximum protection to field workers, especially the enforcement agents and the District monitors .
Comrade Attah also encouraged the field officers to live within their means in order not to fall into the temptation of receiving bribe that will dent their images.
The event featured paper presentation on “Addressing the challenges of urbanisation and indiscriminate development in the Federal Capital City and the Role of District monitors.”