FCT minister orders residents out of Nyanya market

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello, has ordered that the Nyanya market illegally converted into residential accommodation be reversed to its original purpose.
Bello gave the directive when the Ministerial Taskforce on Traffic Decongestion and Environmental Sanitation along the Nyanya – Karu – Karshi Road, led by its Chairman, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Nienge (retd), briefed him on Tuesday in Abuja.
He, however, frowned at the ugly development whereby structures in the Nyanya Market initially meant for market stalls were converted into residential buildings illegally.
The minister stressed that this was mainly responsible for the spill-over of illegal squatter stalls on the Nyanya interchange, rendering the road almost impassable during peak hours.
Bello expressed delight over report of the support and partnership of traders and stakeholders in the effort to restore sanity on the road.
The minister commended the task force for the achievements, especially the reduction of gridlock on the road, improvement on sanitation, drop in crime and almost zero record of death by accident on the road.
He called on the traditional rulers, community leaders and traders’ union to sustain the positive partnership.
The minister asked the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) and the Satellite Town Development Department (STDD) to ensure that the road does not return to its dark days of gridlock and filth.
Bello, who extended the tenure of the task force by another three months, charged the AMMC, STDD and AMAC to work together with the task force and other relevant security agencies in the FCT to enforce the directive.
Earlier, the task force boss recalled that the task force had swung into action immediately it was inaugurated with series of sensitisation efforts in the media and through community leaders.
“This was to enlighten the people as to their responsibilities and to solicit their cooperation,” he said.
Nienge expressed delight with the level of support and cooperation the task received from the traders and residents, who he noted, showed their satisfaction with the human face of the task force.
IRS’ll boost FCTA revenue – Bello
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has disclosed that the House of Representatives has approved the appointment of the Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT IRS), Malam Abdullahi Oteh Attah.
Bello stated this on Tuesday at an interactive session of the FCT Executive Council, with area council chairmen, heads of security agencies and traditional rulers.
He expressed the hope that the coming into effect of the FCT IRS would boost the Administration’s revenue profile and provide fund for the implementation of projects that would make life meaningful for the residents.
He stressed that the session was convened in order to build strong partnership between the various stakeholders and the FCT leadership.
He said the Administration considered it essential to hear from the traditional rulers, Area Council Chairmen and other stakeholders: their priorities, challenges and suggestions for input in the 2018 Budget.
The minister affirmed that the Administration “is working to ensure early preparation of the 2018 budget,” and reiterated his renewed emphasis on bringing development closer to the people in the second phase of his Administration.
He indicated that he would like to have every chiefdom benefit from one project or the other in the coming year.
“FCT administration is desirous of ensuring that the benefits of governance are felt at the grassroots. This is why the focus of the second half of this Administration would centre on education, health facilities, and rural infrastructure, among others,” he said.
Earlier, the stakeholders welcome FCT-IRS Chairman on Board, and expressed hope that the coming into force of the revenue agency would usher in an era of improved funding for the FCT Administration and provide more resources for meeting the infrastructural and utility needs of the Territory.

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