10 February 2021 By Remi Johnson.
Stakeholders drawn from past and serving politicians, civil servants, traditional rulers and religious leaders have called for sustained unity and aesthetics of Abuja, the nation’s Capital for national development.
The stakeholders unanimously made the call in their various remarks during a book launch titled “Abuja: The Evolution and Development of a Federal Capital City” at the International Conference Center in Abuja.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by his Chief of Staff, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu who pointed out that unity would foster rapid development, said Abuja had evolved into one of the beautiful cities of the world.
He added that the book would serve as a reminder on how the FCT was founded on February 6, 1976.
The FCT Minister further reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue to engage in people oriented programmes.
Also, the FCT Minister r of State , Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola,noted that the challenges of over-population, inadequate infrastructure, social services, dwindling revenue and criminality were some of the issues militating against the dreams of Abuja founding fathers.
She recommended the book for the younger generation as a vital source of knowledge on how Abuja evolved.
Also, a Former FCT Minister, Engineer Mohammed Abba Gana, said Abuja in its 45 years of existence had attained great heights beyond expectations especially in the area of using the policy of “government as a continuum” for completion of several projects initated by past administrations.
His words… “the development of Abuja is in historical dimensions; and continuation of projects is the cornerstone of Abuja’s development.” Abba Gana said.
Chairman of the occasion, Senator Philip Aduda, described the book as a wonderful literature with exciting memories of the workings of the FCT.
The Author of the book, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, who is also the Acting Director Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, FCTA, said the book was borne out of her passionate desire to put the making of Abuja on paper; with a view to showcasing the achievements of FCT Ministers from 1998- till date ,as well as identify gaps that needed to be improved upon for better service delivery.
On his part, the book reviewer, Professor Saleh Dauda, said the 5 chapters of the book focuses on key historical dimensions of Abuja’s development that would be useful for researchers.