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Senate Wants Bomb Detectors In Mass Transit


Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday directed the Minister in charge of the na­tion’s capital, Alhaji Moham­med Musa Bello, to begin in­stallation of bomb detectors in all the mass transit buses plying the city as part of measures to curb insurgency.

This is even as the Commit­tee has frowned at the “high cost of construction” in the FCT.

Chairman of the Commit­tee, Senator Dino Melaye, who stated this at the Committee’s inaugural sitting in Abuja, also asked the FCT Minister to en­sure that streetlights start work­ing immediately in order to prevent the high rate of crime and accidents at night.

Melaye also frowned at the return of the commercial mo­torcyclists, and cattle rearing within the city centre.

Apart from this, Melaye ap­pealed to the minister to order the removal of erected tents and shanties; abandoned ve­hicles and total evacuation of garbage, commercial or beg­ging activities on pedestrian bridges.

“The security challenges we are facing in the FCT can­not be overemphasized. Abuja, by its conception and design, is expected to be a safe haven for all residents considering it’s status as the seat of the federal government.

“This is indeed worrisome. The financial loss of any at­tacks can best be imagined but the loss of human lives is un- quantifiable and inexcusable,” he said.

The Committee also regis­tered its grievances about the “high cost of construction” in the FCT.

It also charged all secretari­ats, departments and agencies (SDAs) in the FCT Admin­istration to double the current internally generated revenue (IGR) by June 2016.

“These exploitative prac­tices by both government and construction firms have per­vaded the construction indus­try and fuelled the high cost of construction in the FCT. The Committee noted that con­struction companies handling these projects have attributed the high cost to irregular and selective payment for jobs done by the FCT Administra­tion despite the high interest rates and other liabilities in­curred by these companies,” he added.




– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

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