Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Unity fountain shut down for rehabilitation

The FCT Administration has announced the temporary closure of the Unity Fountain to allow for landscaping and rehabilitation works on the symbolic site.

A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, explained that the rehabilitation has become necessary to following the terrible state of most parks across the FCT.

This announcement finally put to rest all unconfirmed reports that the closure was to allow the federal government gain total control of the Unity Fountain, to enable it check the activities of anti-government protesters.

Ogunleye in the statement said, “The FCT Administration has viewed with concern the state of several parks and gardens including the “Unity Fountain” along Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama.

“It is against this background and the symbolic nature of the “Unity Fountain” as a location symbolizing the oneness of the Nigerian people, that the FCT Administration has deemed it expedient to upgrade this facility.”

He said the unity park will be closed for upgrade for three months to allow for construction work which will include the provision of a car park, landscaping and perimeter fencing.

While soliciting the support of members of the public in this regard, the administration assured that the Unity Fountain will be opened to the general public on completion of this upgrade.

 

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