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