Vandals Steal Traffic Light Accessories In Abuja

Traffic-light-thievesNigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FTC), Abuja, may be losing millions of Naira to increasing activities of vandals.

These vandals target the city’s traffic lights and accessories, which they likely sell for money, a situation that the state needs to address to end huge amount of money spent on the the procurement of accessories to replace the stolen.

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has said it was grappling to run the country on a lean purse and that it has prioritised its projects, with efforts made to reduce spending. But this situation in Abuja will for sure cost the government more money.

Addressing a gathering of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) from the north-central part of Nigeria, an event hosted by NUJ Abuja Chapter, the FCT minister, Mohammed Bello, who was a special guest, poured out his heart over the vandals’ activities.

He lamented that the criminal act was eating deep into the resources of his administration.

Worst hit is the traffic lights and a tour around some parts of Africa’s fastest growing city revealed the extent of vandalism.

Huge number of vehicles come into the city of Abuja daily, but non-functional traffic lights add to the frustration of drivers, a situation that has led to several accidents and those are frequent on Abuja’s well-planned highways.

The Minister of the FCT further urged Abuja residents to be vigilant.

Mr Bello also said that the matter had been reported to security agencies.

The administration will be happy to apprehend the culprits, but for now, they have to spend scarce funds to fix panel boxes and lights to ease free flow of traffic.

Jonathan Commissions Nigeria-Turkish Hospital

The Federal Government says it is committed to the provision of improved healthcare for all Nigerians, and to make this work, it has constituted a high level committee of experts to develop a modern healthcare infrastructure.

President Jonathan said this on Thursday while commissioning the Nigeria-Turkish Nizamiye Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory.

The President, who was also the Special Guest of Honour, told the hospital management that the commissioning was a land mark event, in line with his determination to ensure access to quality and affordable health care for the citizens.

He praised the management of the 80-bed private hospital for the noble project, which he said represents a significant investment in the Nigerian health sector.

A tour of the 80-bed hospital revealed that it was equipped with modern facilities that would cover medical areas like radiology, urology, paediatrics, cardiology, pharmacy and neurosurgery, to mention a few.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Mustafa Ahsen and the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Mustafa Pulat, both said that the hospital was built to deepen relations between Turkey and Nigeria, away from business into health matters, adding that like any other private hospital, the Nigeria-Turkish Nizamiye Hospital was affordable to all.

The Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed and the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, speaking separately, both emphasised the need to continue to partner with the private sector to arrest capital flights abroad for medical needs.

The Nigeria Turkish Nizamiye Hospital has been referred to as one of the best structures adorning the landscape of the Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory, and its commissioning attracted very prominent citizens from all walks of life, especially members of the diplomatic community.

FCTA compensates Fulani-Gwari crisis victims with N29 million

The Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) has approved N29 million to compensate and resettle victims of the Fulani-Gwari crisis which killed two people and displaced hundreds in Gwarko village in Gwagwalada area council.

The Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed who gave the approval after he received the report of the implementation committee in Abuja on Wednesday, ordered the police to speedily conclude all investigations to enable early prosecution.

According to him, the problem of grazing lands will soon be a thing of the past as a permanent grazing reserve located at Paikon-Kore has been allocated to resolve grazing land issues in the FCT.

The Minister also directed that payments be completed for compensation of land earlier earmarked for grazing at Paikon-Kore within one month.

Among other recommendations, the chairman of the implementation committee and permanent secretary of the FCT, Mr Anthony Ozodinobi also directed that the displaced persons be resettled before the 25th of January.

The Minister also ordered that all arrested culprits should be thoroughly investigated for early prosecution to serve as deterrent to other erring communities in the FCT.

For over three weeks, the displaced residents of Gwarko community in Gwagwalada area council of the nation’s capital have been sheltered and fed in this camp at the University of Abuja, pending the outcome of investigations into the communal clash which left two people dead.