19 August 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged political and community leaders in the Territory to cooperate with the Administration in the removal of illegal structures, for the overall development of the Area.
The Minister made the call when FCT political and community leaders led by Senator Philip Aduda, paid him a visit in respect of last Saturday’s demolition of some structures at Apo Akpajenya and Dagbalo in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC.
Speaking on the importance of cooperation between the political, community leaders and the FCT Administration, Malam Bello stressed the need for constant communication, sensitization and community engagement on issues that affects the people at the grassroots,before embarking on enforcement.
His words: “dialogue and sensitization, community engagement of traditional, religious, indigenous communities as well as the Area Council political leadership and overall information dissemination are solutions to community issues… I assure you as advised, the relevant Departments will make sure that what happened doesn’t happen in the way it happened”
The FCT minister explained that this particular case was inherited and that demolition was always the last resort.
The Minister who pointed out that he still remains an advocate of community integration and urban renewal,called on political, religious and traditional leaders not to shy away from reality on ground, as the execution of some proposed projects would require the cooperation of the communities to ensure success and the overall development of the FCT.
Malam Bello who further decried the refusal of some community heads to relocate to their resettlement areas, encouraged leaders who had been relocated and resettled to lead by example by moving to their new locations .
Earlier, the Senator representing FCT, Philip Aduda said the delegation was in FCTA to register concern over the removal of illegal structures in the affected communities within the Abuja Municipal Area Council.
Philip Aduda appealed that before such exercises are carried out in future, enough notice and time should be given to the affected communities to forestall any hardship.
Other leaders making similar appeal to FCTA includes, Micha Jiba representing the AMAC Bwari Federal Constituency ,Executive Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Adamu Abdullahi Candido, the Sapeyi of Garki, HRH Usman Ngakupi, and other members of the delegation.
Also at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin, and the Director of Security, FCTA, Mr Adamu Gwary.