By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has asked residents of the Territory to support all government programmes and policies that were designed primarily for the benefit and wellbeing of the people.
The territory Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said this in Abuja Nigeria’s capital in his New Year message to the residents of the Territory.
The Minister 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.
While 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.
According to him, “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 celebrations. 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”
Malam also 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.
Bello also reiterated the need for residents to obey all extant rules and regulations guiding living and doing business in the FCT.
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.
The FCT Minister also 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.