By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA), on Monday stormed another area in Gwarimpa District, demolishing multiple illegal structures said to have been built on road corridors.
The illegal structures used as both residential and commercial purposes, occupied a large chunk of the major interchange linking Gwarimpa to Karasana and Kafe Districts .
Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring,Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah who led the team said reclaiming the road corridors within the districts had become very important to the administration.
Attah noted that more worrisome about the demolished place, is reports that many criminal activities were traceable there.
According to him, while there are plans by the administration to implement the road projects within that corridor, there was need for the environmental nuisances to be cleared.
Attah said, “There is excessive encroachment to the road corridors and there have been too much reports of criminal activities.
“We marked this place two years ago , remarked it last year, it was also marked again in May this year.
“It is sad that the people waited after these markings and warnings. The only structures that will not be touched here, are the ones belonging to indigenous people”.
One of the victims, Peter Livinus who stood on the rumbles of his demolished house, looking confused however denied that he was given a quit notice.
On further probing, the victim admitted that some of the houses in the area were marked, but not his own.
While he condemned the actions, saying he has been thrown into untold hardship, he also appealed to government to help and alleviate their sufferings with some palliative.
Abuja Remains Nigeria’s Safest, most Peaceful City – FCTA
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Tuesday assured that Abuja, the nation’s capital remains the safest and most peaceful city in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Security Matters, Amb. Abu Mohammed gave the assurance, while reacting to recent reports on the social media about the security situation in the territory.
He said the high level of security of lives and property explained why there were large influx of people into the territory from all parts of the nation, despite attempts by peddlers of fake news painting the territory as unsafe.
” Although, the FCT is not immune to crimes (banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other petty thefts) as a result of its location because it is contiguous to states with high terrorist banditry activities, the situation is exacerbated by spread of fake news.
“The print and electronic media as well as social media platforms have been awashed with panic and false alarms, thus further aggravating the prevailing tension amongst significant proportion of residents of the territory.
“Just recently, the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello approved almost N103 million for the commencement of the second phase of the G-7 operation which will last for 30 days and spread over two months will cost over N207 million.
“The second phase of the operation will see the commencement of security actions and procedures by members of the G7, which will involve taking the fight to the bandits and terrorists in their dens. ”
The minister’s aide disclosed that already, some of the neighbouring state have given their nods to the operation.
Mohammed added that efforts being made by the FCT Administration to curb insecurity in Abuja were numerous.
“They are conduct of regular joint operations among the actionable security agencies and the military members of the FCT Security Committee.
“There have been tremendous successes in the joint operations as synergy among the agencies are better than before.
“Ongoing Clearance Operations of suspected bandit locations in the hilly, mountainous and forest locations on the fringes of the FCT.
“There have also been upscale in military checkpoints at strategic locations and regular and sustained joint patrol.
” Setting up of the G-7 initiative where members of the group jointly and simultaneously conduct operations along the perimeters of the FCT with the contiguous states of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger and Kogi.”
He explained that the G-7 involved security collaborations and partnerships with states around the FCT.
Mohammed said the logistics for the operation was taken care of by the FCT Administration, adding that the action had led to the reduction in the influx of bandits and terrorists into the FCT. (NAN)
Transportation Master Plan’ll make Lagos FDI Paradise — LAMATA
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on Tuesday said that the state government’s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) paradise.
The Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Agege, Lagos.
She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines, one monorail, 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals.
Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long, one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs.
Akinajo said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos.
“The Lagos State Government, as part of the negotiation for co-sharing the NRC’s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line rail project, acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja.
“The Ikeja train station is currently being built, with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station.
“The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two-bedroom flats and four units of one-bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege,” she said.
The LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration’s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year, for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023.
She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation, and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility.
“This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents.
“I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected.
The Managing Director, NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC’s facility.
He assured the government of NRC’s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment.
“We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege, for letting us (NRC) and LAMATA leave this legacy.”
” LAMATA and NRC are one family, we pursue the same goal, which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom,” Okhiria said. (NAN).
Peter Obi Emerges 2022 ‘Man of the Year’
The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has emerged the “Man Of The Year’ in the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards.
In a 14-day Leadership Excellence Awards voting by Nigerians both home and in the Diaspora via online platforms, monitored by the reporters, Obi was voted ahead of three other nominees.
The online voting was organised by the Igbere TV, a foremost community TV in Nigeria.
Obi defeated three other nominees to emerge winner the voting which took place from Aug. 1st to Aug. 14, via online platforms.
He polled 2, 428, 403 votes to defeat the Chairman and Founder of BUA Group, Abdul Rabiu who polled 1, 124, 172 and popular Nigerian Singer, David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido who polled 881, 766.
The fourth nominee, Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the Founder and General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries, had earlier stepped down and publicly endorsed Peter Obi for the award.
The prestigious award, endorsed by the African Union, African Film Institute, will be presented in November 2022 in Abuja.
Newsmen report that the prestigious award, which is the fourth in a row, is an annual event; it recognises and honours outstanding impacts of leaders across public and private sectors in Nigeria.
Tthe event promotes outstanding leaders and personalities whose impacts have been felt in Nigeria’s political, social and economic spheres.
In May 2022, Obi became the presidential candidate of the LP in the upcoming 2023 general elections, after defecting from the People Democratic Party.
Obi is a Nigerian businessman and politician who served as governor of Anambra from March to November 2006 – February to May 2007, and from June 2007 to March 2014.
Born in Onitsha in 1961, Obi graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1984, he entered business and banking, eventually rising to hold several high-ranking executive positions at banks.
By the early 2000s, Obi was the Chairman of Fidelity Bank before leaving the position to enter politics.(NAN)
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