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Nigeria @62: FCT Minister Harps on Patriotism, Unity

Minister of FCT, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello wants residents to use the occasion of the Independence Day celebration to reflect and appreciate those things that make us the great nation and people that we are.

The Minister made this known in his independence message to residents in Abuja.

He said the greatest assets of the nation, are not its natural resources but its people who differ by tribe and tongue yet bound by a common destiny, despite our differences.

Mallam Bello tasked residents to keep the dreams of the founding fathers alive by being constantly vigilant and resisting all attempts to divide us as a people by unpatriotic fellows, especially on election matters.

He encouraged residents to be guided by the spirit of oneness and love for country, devoid of hate speeches, divisive rhetorics and actions.

The Minister who said that the territory has witnessed tremendous changes in all ramifications in the last 7 years, and currently confronted with an unprecedented rise in population leading to overstretched utilities and facilities across the Territory, however called for effective management of the existing ones.

“… we have not only completed most of the ongoing and abandoned projects but also initiated some new ones which we intend to complete before the end of this Administration.

“We have worked hard at ensuring that we improve on our revenue generation drive as the FCT is now the second highest in internal revenue generation in the country. It is our intention to push the FCT to the top spot.

“All our efforts at development of the FCT are geared towards living up to achieving our mandate of building for our country a world class city.

“It must however be mentioned that beautiful roads, boulevards and magnificent buildings alone do not make a city which can be described as a living entity that is liable to falling ill and dying, if neglected or maltreated.
That is why citizens responsibility is imperative in maintaining the shine of Abuja. ” Bello said.

The Minister further urged all residents to abide by all extant rules and regulations guiding living and working in the city. These include obeying all traffic regulations, stop vandalism of public property which has become a huge challenge, payment of all levies and charges inclusive of ground rents, tenement rates and utility bills.

According to the Minister, the FCT Administration has also been working assiduously with security agencies to safe-guard lives and property which have been yielding very positive results.

He encouraged Nigerians to be optimistic about the country towards attaining the dreams of the founding fathers.

Report By Remi Johnson Edited by Grace Namiji

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