Military officers from the West Africa sub-region have pointed out that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is under immense security threat owing to the increasing population in the city’s satellite towns.
Leading a team of 29 officers on a study tour to the FCT, Air Commodore Gambo Ilyasu, said information gathered from the six area councils revealed that hundreds of people migrate into the nation’s capital on a daily basis without anywhere to settle.
The FCT Administration, according to him, already has issues of resettlement of indigenes which has raised a lot of discontent among some communities.
He, therefore, warned that the disturbing trend should not be handled with levity.
The executive secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mr. Adamu Ismaila, however gave the assurance that the issue of security is under control and there would be no replication of the Niger-Delta scenario as plans were on-going to resettle the indigenes within the FCT.
Several days after the flag-off of the sale of buffer stock grains by the FCT Administration (FCTA), to reduce the high cost of staple food in the nation’s capital, the area councils are yet to commence actual distribution.
The FCTA, last week ordered the release and sale of buffer stock grains from its strategic food reserve. The grains are to be sold at 50 per cent subsidized price as part of measures to reduce high costs of staple food items in the territory.
The Supervisory Councillor for education and social development in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Honourable Ja’afaru Gwagwa who spoke to Channels Television, confirmed that all the six area councils in the FCT have received their allocations but are yet to pay for them.
The AMAC councillor observed that a date for the distribution will be made public as soon as the council makes the necessary payment to the FCT Administration.
According to him, the subsidized grains though not adequate, would serve to stabilize the prices of food in the market.
He revealed that the council received 800 bags of grains for distribution.
The fear of demolition is back in Abuja. The Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has announced that plans have been intensified to demolish over 10,000 illegal structures in Mpape, a densely populated area in the nation’s capital.
The Minister, who gave the announcement during the monthly FCT operations briefing session in Abuja, described the court’s approval on the impending demolitions in Mpape as gratifying.
He appealed to residents to co-operate with the government as the planned demolitions are in the interest of the people, adding that the sustained health as well as security of the collective populace are of paramount concern.
Senator Mohammed noted that the FCT Administration will strive to uphold the rule of law in consonance with the transformation agenda of the federal government.
He emphasized that the proposed demolitions are not intended to inflict hardship on the residents but aimed at guaranteeing the sustained health and security.
The Minister further revealed that apart from the over 500 shanties destroyed in Gwagwalada Area Council, the FCT Administration has in the last one month destroyed over 300 hundred illegal structures around the nation’s capital.