Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Bello assures FCT residents of improved security in 2020

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has assured residents of improved security in the New Year, 2020.

Crime rate in the nation’s capital escalated in the previous year, when cases of ‘one chance robbery,’ kidnapping and armed robbery tremendously increased leaving residents in fear.

However, the FCT minister in his New Year message said that the administration in 2020 will intensify efforts alongside relevant security agencies to ensure that lives and property in the FCT are secured.

He however said that security was the responsibility of all and that residents should imbibe the habit of reporting suspicious events or individuals to the relevant security authorities.

Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, asked residents of the Territory to support all government programmes and policies which he said are designed primarily for the benefit and wellbeing of the people.

He said that no government policy is ever designed to inflict hardship on the populace but are formulated and implemented for the benefit of the greater populace. He said that support for government policies will ensure the success of such policies which ultimately will be enjoyed by majority of the citizenry.

Describing the outgoing year as very important and significant in the socio-political development of Nigeria primarily because of the general elections and its accompanying events, Malam Bello thanked residents for their cooperation and peaceful conduct during the elections and those accompanying events.

“2019 was a very important year in the socio-political development of Nigeria because of the 2019 general elections which culminated into an unforgettable Democracy Day celebration. I wish to thank residents for their peaceful conduct and for being exemplary hosts to the foreign dignitaries who were in the FCT for this event”

He reminded them that this form of benevolence should be maintained if the FCT is to consolidate on its rising profile as the conference tourism hub of the continent. He reminded residents that the FCT was poised to play host to several international events in the year 2020 and FCT residents and businesses stand to gain a lot if they maintain the warm and friendly attitude for which they have become known. An accommodating attitude, he said is essential to build and nurture the budding tourism industry.

He mentioned the unfortunate incidences of flooding in some parts of the city in 2019 which were caused primarily by developers who illegally erected structures on flood plains and river courses despite repeated warnings not to do so.

He therefore urged residents especially developers to follow all development control and land use regulations to avoid unpleasant consequences.



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