The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has given assurance that the FCT Administration will continue to support the security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory in order to effectively discharge their duties.
Bello said this while receiving the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ekwe Ibas, who paid him a working visit on Monday in Abuja.
Bello said that everything should be done to protect lives and property, adding that the security of Abuja is paramount to the FCT Administration.
He stressed that Abuja, being the seat of government of Nigeria and the “window” thrugh which the world viewed Nigeria, needed to be well secured.
He said that no effort should spared to ensure adequate security of lives and property of both residents and visitors to the FCT.
Bello emphasized that security agents were stakeholders in the Abuja project; stressing that the FCT Administration would continue to collaborate with them in this onerous task.
The minister noted that his administration would partner with the Nigerian Navy to play its part to further secure the territory.
“Although, the territory is not bounded by international waters which is the primary responsibility of the Nigerian Navy, still the, Navy has a role to play.
“The presence of the Navy in Abuja which is the seat of power calls for closer collaboration between the FCT Administration and the Navy.”
He urged the Nigerian Navy to liaise with other security agencies to make Abuja safer.
He said this could be done by way of intelligence sharing, to nip in the bud any security breach.
He said that the administration was working on modalities to ease the processes by which people could easily develop their plots.
Bello said that the administration would make the entire process easier to forestall challenges that hindered smooth development for private, public and commercial plots.
Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff, requested the FCTA to assist the Navy perfect documentation, particularly title documents on its landed property in order to attract and partner with private developers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, Executive Secretary of FCDA and other top management staff of the FCTA attended the meeting.(NAN)