Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Relocate FCT Muslim board to Sharia court premises - Group

Some facility managers in Abuja are calling for the immediate relocation of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to the premises of the Sharia Court located in Gwagwalada area council to allow for proper utilization of the facility.

They said the relocation has become necessary in view of depreciating value of the structure due to under-utilization of the property originally built to accommodate staff of Sharia court.

A statement by the coordinator of Abuja Concerned Facility Managers, ACFM, Malam Abdulrasheed Abubakar, stated that after taking inventories of government property in Gwagwalada area council, the group has come to a conclusion that the property housing the Sharia court should be put to effective use to avoid wastage of government resources.

The group observed that it makes no economic sense when some government agencies are battling with office accommodation, while other office accommodations are under-utilized, stressing that there was the need to curtain wastage both in government and private sector.

Abubakar said, “It might interest you to know that our members who were on the tour of Gwagwalada Area Council with the FCT Minister of State came back with a damning report of gross under-utilization of Sharia court building.

“However, we are happy that the minister also expressed the same concern of under-utilization of the edifice when she visited Gwagwalada. The building is almost abandoned for skeletal services, whereas they are going about their businesses in rented apartments.

“It is disturbing that the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board saddles with the responsibility of pilgrims’ welfare, training, and issuance of passport are sharing apartment with other agencies of government. It is our candid view that the building housing the Sharia court should be allocated to FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for effective use.

“That will not only return sanity to Mulsim Prigrims Welfare Board and quality work atmosphere, but it will also give the inhabitants and indigenes of Gwagwamada an economy boost and much desire of the operation of the Hajj back to area council.”


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