By Sarah NEGEDU
As the nation marks its 61st independence anniversary celebration, residents’ of the Federal Capital Territory have been reminded that they have an obligation of upholding Abuja as the symbol of Nigeria’s unity.
FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the call in his 61st Independence Day Anniversary message to FCT residents, appealed to them stand firm on the side of unity, peace and the collective progress of the country.
He also urged residents to use the opportunity the independence anniversary celebration has provided to take stock of how far they have come as a people in the quest of building a strong, virile and united country.
The minister pointed out that the FCT was founded on a platform of unity of Nigeria, a place where all Nigerians can call home and said that the Administration has strived to build a Territory of the collective dreams of all Nigerians.
Bello also added that “while we have largely succeeded in building a beautiful, world class city, thanks to the efforts of thousands of Nigerians over the years, the equally important task of forging a common identity for our people is still work in progress”.
“It is worthy to mention once again, that there now exists a generation of Nigerians from all parts of the country who truly know no other home but the FCT, having been born, schooled, are married and raising families of their own here in the Nation’s capital” he said.
Bello continued “The dreams of our founding fathers are truly alive in these residents and we should constantly remind ourselves that we are better off together and will achieve much more as a united people and consequently, should resist all efforts to cause divisions within our ranks
On security, the minister paid tribute to the officers and men of all the security agencies who daily confront security challenges in the FCT with some paying the highest price with their lives. He therefore called on FCT residents to continue to aid them in their work by providing vital information when they feel the need to do so.
He also reminded FCT residents that the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic was far from over, advising them to seize every available opportunity to get vaccinated in addition to abiding by other non- pharmaceutical health guidelines.
While reiterating the administration’s determination to ensure compliance on the provisions of the Abuja Masterplan, the minister reiterated its commitment to ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of all residents.