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Security: Minister Worries Over Uncompleted Buildings, Squatters


Kingsley Madaki Abuja

To curtail criminal activities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, says his administration would embark on comprehensive surveillance of all uncompleted buildings in the territory.

He said this was to ensure that such places were not turned into den of criminals.

Bello disclosed this while receiving a delegation of leaders of Christian communities that paid him a courtesy in Abuja, weekend.

He said that the FCT Administration was concerned about the several uncompleted buildings across the capital city, and the large number of unidentified persons squatting in such places.

According to him, such development poses huge security risk.

He noted that his Administration has been able to tackle some of the people using the under-bridges as their abode adding that the operation would continue until the city was rid of such activities.

He further disclosed that the Administration had earlier spoken to the Muslim community on the unfortunate cases of street begging in some parts of the city and urged residents to join hands with the FCTA to eradicate the menace.

Malam Bello disclosed that his Administration intends to take the issues of rehabilitation very seriously so as to give those with such social problems a sense belonging, and help make them useful to themselves and society.

“In the 2016 fiscal year, the FCT Administration will upgrade its rehabilitation centres for effective skill acquisition to make rehabilitated persons independent and self-sustenance”, he said adding that the administration intends take reintegrate the rehabilitated with their families.

According to him, the current FCT Administration will make Abuja friendlier to the populace by making them own all government policies and programmes.

He added that his Administration would encourage religious and moral education in its schools to give re-orientation to the younger generation.

The FCT Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Israel Akanji, who led the delegation, appealed to the Minister for land for church groups and to spare church building where possible.

Rev. Akanji also asked that the government to re-considers its stance on sponsorship of pilgrims.

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