Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA warns against encroachment of public facilities

The FCT Administration, through its Department of Monitoring and Inspection, has said that the administration will no longer tolerate encroachment, especially of public facilities.   

This was made known by the director, Monitoring and Inspection, TpL Olawale Labiyi, in a chat during the inspection of schools in Nyanyan, Karu, Kpeyigi and Karshi. 

Labiyi said that the encroachment into Junior Secondary School, Nyanyan 111, by Tipper garage is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the government because of the safety and security of the school children and school property. 

According to him, "You can see that this compound is sharing the same gate with the school. This implies that, even at night the school building and property is vulnerable as outsiders can come in and out of the premises without the knowledge of the school authority ". 

The director said that in this era of insecurity, it is only proper to ensure that the issue of encroachment is tackled decisively. 

He promised that the department will liaise with the relevant departments to ensure that the issue of encroachment is tackled. 

The Principal of J.SS, Nyanyan 111, Mrs. Teresa Odenigbo, said the visit of the team was a welcome development as the main school building has suffered structural defect during the last bomb blast at Nyanyan. 

The monitoring team noticed in Kpeyigi that the new structure built for the school was poorly built. 

In Karshi Government Secondary School, a member of the monitoring team, Chief Superintendent of Fire, Engr Adeshina Abioye, tasked the school to put safety measures in place. 

Abioye said that the school was in the outskirts of town and might take a while to get help to them in case of emergency, hence the need to an emergency action plan, noting that the inclusion of FCT Fire Service in the monitoring team is to take care of safety issues, advise on safety equipment, the need for a water hydrant in case of fire outbreaks and other emergency issues. 

 

The fire officer said the feedback is encouraging, especially in the markets as Abuja markets have improved their security and safety measures. 

 

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