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Sanitation: FCTA issues 7 days ultimatum to illegal mechanics

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after the expiration of the ultimatum.


He said the FCTA would reclaim all the spots from Apo round-about to the popular junction known as Apo NEPA junction.

Similarly, Attah said the second phase of the aggressive sanitation would begin from the NEPA junction to APO mechanic village, where illegal businesses had taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.

“This stakeholders meeting is to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridors, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).

“The minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja master plan.

“We have given the affected people seven days ultimatum, because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise.

“The minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all ongoing projects there as a legacy he will leave behind for residents of the nation’s capital,” he said.

The Director AEPB, Mr Baba Lawan, disclosed that the minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise.

Lawan warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the task force would move to the area, and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the administration.

He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and every other thing left on the road corridors would be removed and seized.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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FCTA moves to reposition fire service to boost service delivery

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has begun strategic moves to reposition the FCT Fire Service to improved service delivery and revenue generation.


Director, FCT Fire Service, Mr Julius Opetunsin, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Opetunsin also expressed determination of the FCTA, to refocus the efforts of the service on fire prevention and enforcement, instead of fire fighting.

According to him, once people know what to do to prevent fire outbreak, there would be reduction in the number of incidences.

“We want to ensure that each house has at least, one fire extinguisher, among other fire gadgets.

“Between January and March 2020, FCT Fire Service responded to about 180 fire cases.

“So, up to August ending, we responded to about 356 fire cases, without any casualty, largely due to our prompt response,” he said.

He said that the Federal Executive Council, recently approved the purchase of four water tankers and four water tenders.

He said part of the equipment have already been received while others are being awaited by the end of September.

He explained that fire extinguisher was not difficult to use, adding that it was a different thing to have fire extinguisher and it was another thing to know how to use it.

“Before using it, you have to remove the safety pins, if not removed, you will not be able to press the lever.

“It is then, you will push either the powder or carbon dioxide out of the cylinder, while directing the nozzle to the seat of the fire, you don’t fight the fire at the surface.

“Note that you only use fire extinguisher at the initial stage of fire outbreak when the fire is small; you don’t use it when the fire is getting out of control.

” At that point, you call the fire service because there is limit to what an individual can do.

That is why it is necessary for you to have our control room numbers, which are 092906118 or 112. Then contact the nearest station.”

He advised each home in the FCT, to have a functional fire extinguisher, always put off electrical appliances and remove them from the socket when leaving offices and homes.

He also warned against prolonged use of air-conditioners.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide
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FCTA, NAPTIP sign MoU on women rehabilitation centre

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the centre is located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), of the territory.

Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister presided over the signing of the MoU between FCTA and NAPTIP in Abuja.

She called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, adding that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.

The minister commended the Director -General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in persons.

She stressed the need for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in the country.

“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights.

” She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society, today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to look for more decent accommodation for vulnerable women.

“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under two -years period,  all that is written here is legally binding on both parties.

‘ And as the one charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come,” the minister said .

Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP , to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youths.

The minister assured that the facility would provide the needed shelter for those in need.

Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Okah-Donli, also commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu  Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in persons and other related offences.

She assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, adding that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.

” You have been very supportive to our agency, I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, it is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.

“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU.

” Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.

”  Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility,” she assured.

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Palliatives: 700, 000 households in FCT vulnerable – Minister

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A Social Register generated by the FCT Administration at the peak of COVID-19 palliatives distribution, has revealed that more than 700, 000 households in the territory, are vulnerable.


FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, made the revelation at the presentation of a scorecard of palliatives distribution by the COVID-19 Civil Society Organisations Emergency Intervention Group, on Thursday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the group scored the FCT Administration (FCTA) high on the palliative distribution to vulnerable persons in the FCT.

Aliyu said that the scorecard would further guide the action of the FCT administration, especially during emergency situations.

She, however, assured residents that the administration would not wait for emergencies before reaching out to the vulnerable.

The minister commended the CSOs, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders, for joining hands with the FCTA to make the exercise a success.

She said that COVID-19 had undoubtedly brought to the fore the challenges of catering for a family.

“During the very tough and trying period of COVID-19 pandemic, I will confess to you that it seemed things had fallen apart, and the centre could not hold.

“Fortunately for us, we had able bodied men and women who defied all odds and showed willingness to work.

“Honestly speaking, people may ask how much you were paid. It was done pro bono, no budget line, but you were willing to risk all to get it across to target beneficiaries.

“We drew up our template, a more encompassing and more reaching template with men and women of civil society organisations that put concerted efforts to ensure that they were in all places in all the communities.

“Many times when you work and put in the best you can, you are not in the best position to score yourself.

“We are proud to say indeed, that some people out there did not only go out to distribute the palliatives, but also made efforts to look into what we were doing without fear or favour, and scored us as it is.

“This to you is a scorecard, but to me it is a validation of my dreams.

“This can serve as a guide to what we need to do further.

“With the pandemic in place, we were able to work harder, we found that the social register was validated. Today, we have over 700, 000 vulnerable households.

“Because during the time of the pandemic, we used the definition of vulnerability to mean the very poor in the hinterland, those that are not earning anything from government revenue and without a source of income.

“But later, it was clear to us that there is more than meets the eye. Even the so called salary earners had become vulnerable due to COVID-19 and the pressure of the lockdown.

“And that brought about the new template. God’s willing, we can boast that the FCT is used as a measurement standard to other states,” Aliyu said.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, thanked the CSOs for not abandoning the administration in its time of need.

Adesola said that the report would not only inspire the minister of state, but also the entire administration.

He, however, harped on team work, saying “We must join hands to build the territory of our dreams.

“You cannot walk with one leg, but you need the two legs to walk. If you have abandoned the distribution, nobody would have believed that palliatives were distributed, because we live in an era where nobody believes anything.

“But you are our testimonial, you have spoken,” he said.

The National Coordinator, COVID-19 CSOs Emergency Intervention Group, Dr Jophia Gupar, said though, the palliatives did not get to everybody, every community in the territory however, received the palliative.

Gupar thanked the FCT administration for the opportunity to serve the rural people and to participate especially in intervention programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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City Sanitation: FCTA removes makeshift houses, brothels in Jabi

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday,  removed makeshift houses and brothels in Daki biyu community, at Jabi District, in continuation of its efforts to rid the city of illegal structures.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the operation was led by the Director, FCTA Development Control Department, Malam Muktar Galadima, with over 100 security personnel and many vigilance groups.

Galadima said the operation was necessitated by the rising cases of security challenges in FCT.

The director also said that the exercise was in pursuance of the 13 points Next Level Mandate of the FCT Administration to ensure orderliness and sanitation in the city.

He said all the plots of land occupied by illegal inhabitants of the Daki biyu community were designed for certain purposes.

Galadima, therefore, assured that the department of development control would ensure that those purposes were being  implemented.

He also said that the department would ensure that the FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat took some of the plots of land and build  hospitals.

” And these makeshift houses and brothels that we removed, we will do everything possible to ensure that they never return to those places again.

” Every administration has it own philosophy and style, the current FCT administration wants everything to be done,  based on due process and due diligence.

” Like I told you,  this operation or exercise is necessitated by the rising case of security challenges and in the course of our operations,  we discovered some jackknifes in one place called Sambisa.

” These jackknifes can be used to lynch a person,” Galadima said.

He appealed to the indigenous community to assist the FCTA to sanitise the city and curtail  activities of men of the under world in Abuja.

The director also urged allottees of the undeveloped lands in the area to develop them or risk revocation.

Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the FCT Minister, Mr Ahmed Rasheed, said the operation was being carried out with the cooperation of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma , based on intelligence gatherings.

Rasheed said that intelligence gatherings had revealed that there were hoodlums and criminals in the village and the operation would ensure that FCT was safe for all and sundry.

He said security agencies were working closely with the department of development control and land to ensure that owners of the affected lands took over immediately so that illegal settlement would not come back.

The CSO, therefore, called on the indigenous community to support the FCTA and security agencies by reporting any illegal settlement to the authority.

The Palace Secretary of Daki biyu Community, Mr Andy Sanga, described the operation as “very painful but we have to take it in good faith because we can’t fight government.

Sanga, who said that government was doing the right thing, revealed that none of the houses belonging to indigenous settlement  was affected by the operation.

He, however, appealed to the FCTA  to show pity, considering the harsh economic realities in the country.

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