With Over 3,000 Housing Estates In Abuja, Deficit Still Reaches Nearly Two Million

 

Asides being the seat of government, Abuja is known for its expansive infrastructure and sprawling properties.

But despite this reality, the high number of unoccupied houses in the nation’s capital is gradually becoming a cause for concern, especially as many residents cannot afford the rent.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo – way above the means of most civil servants.

Consequently, they have to seek more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Lamenting about the situation, the convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo noted that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

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Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

“We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) says it will commence an investigation into the ownership of the unoccupied houses in Federal Capital Territory

ICPC To Investigate Ownership Of Unoccupied Houses In Abuja

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory.

This, according to the agency, is a result of the increase in the number of unoccupied houses in the FCT.

Despite the increase, many residents of the city still find it difficult to secure a decent accommodation.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

 

 

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It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo.

The buildings are, however, above the means of most civil servants, resulting in them seeking more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Consequently, their concentration in those areas results in high traffic as commuters try to make their way to their various destinations daily.

The Convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo, who lamented about the situation, believes that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

He said, “We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,”.

Adoke’s Bail Application Suffers Setback As Judge Returns Case File

 

The bail application filed by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke on Tuesday suffered a setback as the vacation judge, Justice Othman Musa returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the FCT for reassignment.

Justice Musa returned the case file following an application for bail by the counsel representing the former AGF.

He applied for an adjournment to enable him respond to the counter affidavit filed by the EFCC challenging the application.

In a short ruling on the propriety of granting the adjournment, Justice Musa explained  that the vacation period of the court ends on the 3rd of January and in view of that, he is returning the case file to the Chief Judge of the FCT.

The EFCC had filed criminal charges against Mr Adoke over his role in the Malabu Oil scandal before Justice Danlami Senchi also of the FCT High Court sitting at Jabi.

Police Kill One, Arrest Four In Failed Abuja Bank Robbery

 

Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have killed one and arrested four suspects who attempted to rob a first generation bank in the Mpape, a satellite town of Abuja.

The robbers, who broke into the bank around 10 am on Saturday, met resistance from the Police, Army and the Department of State Security, who cordoned the place minutes after responding to a distress call.

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According to the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mariam Yusuf, four of the robbers have been arrested while one was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the Police.

The police spokesperson said the situation has been brought under control as a joint security team have maintained sanity in the area

The thieves were trapped inside the bank for over four hours.

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Lawan Meets With Officials Over Insecurity In FCT

 

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, held a crucial security meeting with top officials who are directly charged with the security of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The meeting, which held at the Senate President’s office, was also attended by key officers of the Senate.

“We are very concerned, like all of you are, about the level of security challenges in the FCT,” Lawan said in his opening remarks before the meeting went into a closed-door session.

The Senate President said the meeting was to address the current security challenges in the FCT and chart the way forward.

Lawan said the meeting was a follow-up to an earlier meeting held last week, adding that the idea was to engage those who are directly dealing with the security issues within the FCT.

In attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno; FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, and Director General of Department of State Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

Others are the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, who represented the Inspector General of Police; FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma and Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Chinyeaka Ohaa.

The senators in attendance include: Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Robert Boroffice; Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi; Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, and Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda.

Others are: the Chairman of Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Senator Abdullahi Gobir; Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari; Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika; Chairman, Senate Committee on Airforce, Bala Ibn Na’allah, and Vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah.
According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.

“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.

“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.

The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.

He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.

Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed efforts to check such crime.

Police Begin Search For Nine Kidnapped Abuja Victims

 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of some persons around Pegi Community in Abuja on Monday and said that efforts are ongoing to rescue the victims.

Armed gunmen had on Monday night, stormed the community in Kuje Area Council and reportedly abducted nine persons.

According to a statement by the spokesperson for the police in Abuja, Anjuguri Manzah, details of the incident is still sketchy, but the force is intensifying effort to reunite the victims with members of their families.

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“The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja wishes to inform the public that it is making a concerted effort to rescue the persons kidnapped around Pegi Community on Monday 7th October 2019 at about 2100hrs.

“Though details of the incident are still sketchy, the Command is urging members of the public to be calm while the Police intensify effort to rescue and reunite victims with members of their families.”

Manzah added, “We call on the public to be security-conscious and provide information to the Police and other relevant security agencies on suspicious movements and activities within their communities.”

Climate Change: Protesters Call On Govt To Protect Citizens

Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Protesters took to the streets of Abuja on Friday to call on the government to protect citizens against the effects of climate change.

Bearing various placards, they called on the government to focus on massive public financing of agro-ecology both at local, states and federal level.

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Buhari Reacts To Presidential Election Loss In FCT

The President Needs To Rejig His Kitchen Cabinet  Oyebode

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to his loss to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja during the February 23 presidential election.

The President made the remark on Tuesday when he received some residents of the Federal Capital Territory who paid him Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa in the nations capital.

He suggested that the residents of the FCT voted for the main opposition party because felt they were a necessary evil.

President Buhari who made the comment on a lighter note, however, said his remarks should not be seen as a threat to the FCT.

According to him, securing the nations capital amounts to ensuring his security and that of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Present at the gathering are Professor Osinbajo, the service chiefs, as well as some top government officials among others.

FCT Minister Defends Demolition Of Caramelo Night Club

 

Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello has explained reasons behind the controversial demolition of Caramelo night club.

Briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, the FCT minister said the action taken was as a last resort following a breach by the original owner.

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Painful as it was, the minister underscored that Abuja is a city for everyone nevertheless he says the law had to take its course and the government is determined to follow the master plan in all its dealings.

The ministers are expected to reconvene for the Federal Executive Council meeting on Monday, the 20th of May, 2019 for what might be their last meeting before the valedictory session on the 22nd of May.

Oshiomhole, Tinubu Absent As APC Takes Presidential Rally To Abuja

 

The All Progressives Congress has taken its presidential campaign rally to Abuja.

The rally which is taking place at the Eagles Square has the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha in attendance.

Others in attendance were the APC Women Leader, (Hajia) Salamatu Umar-Eluma and the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, among others.

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The National leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, were, however, absent.

With just three days to the elections, political parties have intensified campaigns even as they are expected to end by at least 24 hours to the D-day.

We Are A Government That Delivers On Its Promises – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has proven in many ways that it is committed to fulfilling its promises to the people.

He said this when he inaugurated the Abuja Light Rail System in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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“Today, what we have in the Federal Capital Territory is another evidence that we are a government that delivers on its promises,” the President said.

He added, “I have observed keenly other milestones that this administration has achieved, especially in the areas of education, public utilities and infrastructure development.

“I am very pleased to be here today to formally commission the Abuja Light Rail System. The completion of this very important project is a dream come true.”

President Buhari noted that the feat recorded clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing critical infrastructural projects.

He said it was also an evidence that they were keeping with the ideals of the Change Agenda to ensure prudence in the management of public resources and value for money considering the huge investments in the project.

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates the Abuja Light Rail System in the Federal Capital Territory on July 12, 2018.

 

The President who described transportation as the live wire of any city was optimistic that a modern rail service would bring about a boost to the economy of the nation’s capital and enhance social life of the residents.

He revealed that what they have on the ground were coaches meant to provide skeletal services as they await the main set of the rolling stock for full operations.

President Buhari said he had been briefed on the outcome of the recent visit of the FCT and Finance ministers, Muhammed Bello and Kemi Adeosun, to China, during which the MOUs and agreements for the procurements of the main rolling stock were signed.

He further assured Nigerians of the government’s continued support for all the negotiations towards the realisation of the Abuja Light Rail system.

The President commended the FCT Minister for the hard work and sense of purpose towards realising the long-awaited modern transportation system for both residents and visitors in the nation’s capital.

He also appreciated the support and patience of the residents during the period when the government was working to improve the FCT transportation service.

President Buhari thanked the Chinese government and its people for their investment in the Nigerian economy, as well as other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the project.

“Let me place on record the Nigerian Government’s appreciation to the Government of China and the EXIM Bank of China for their support on this and many other projects currently being executed in the country,” he said.

“This gesture further cements the already existing cordial relations and developmental partnership between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China.”

The President, however, challenged the FCT Administration, especially the management of the rail services to ensure efficient operations, good customer service, and maintenance culture in the operations of the rail.

Those who witness the occasion include Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, as well as some ministers.