Peeved by the growing level of filth and haphazard
transportation system in the nation’s capital, Abuja, the Minister of the
Federal Capital Territory FCT, Nyesom Wike, has charged top officials of the
administration to sit up or seek redeployment elsewhere.
Specifically, he ordered the director in charge of the Abuja
Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, to clean up the city, saying he would be
on his case to the point of increasing his blood pressure.
On transportation, Wike told top officials of the
secretariat in pidgin that wahala don come.
He gave the charge yesterday in Abuja while receiving
handing over notes from the Permanent Secretary in the FCTA, Mr Olusade
He said: “I will ensure that Abuja gets the best. You will
see projects upon projects, and projects that will be completed and not
“I am not a party to abandoned projects. I start a project
when there is money, as such we will look into our finances before we begin any
“I believe in the renewed hope of President Bola Tinubu, and
Nigerians will see the difference in no distant time”.
He said in the meantime, there had to be immediate
deliverables to assure the people that the government was determined to turn
the fortunes of the territory around.
“We are here to deliver the short-term deliverables for
people to see that Abuja is coming back to what it was supposed to be. People
are complaining of street lights not working, I am complaining too. We must fix
it within the shortest possible time”, he said.
The former Rivers State governor charged the director in
charge of street lights to do everything possible in the shortest possible time
to restore lights to the streets of Abuja.
On sanitation, Wike said he would be mounting immense
pressure on the director in charge to the point that he might even develop high
He declared: “You must be ready to work hard. I must make
sure I give you BP, so you must work hard. You can’t be sleeping when the
environment is dirty. You can’t be a director for anything.
”It is an opportunity for us to tell Nigerians and Mr
President that we cannot disappoint. If you are in charge of sanitation, buy
your drugs, carry them all the time because I will disturb you all the time to
make sure Abuja is clean.”
On transportation, Wike said: “Wahala don come, there are
too many illegal bus stops in the city. I have respect for women, but this one
I will not. If you don’t have the capacity, let us replace you now.
”In this job, people will not like you, but in the end, if
you do it well, you will be appreciated. Things are tough, yes, but we cannot
live in a lawless society because things are tough.”
On her part, Minister of State in the FCT, Dr Mariya
Mahmoud, said with the support of staff, what Wike had done in Rivers would be
replicated in the FCT.
“I am of the firm belief that, together, and with your
support, we will replicate what the Minister (Wike) has done in Rivers in the
nation’s capital, especially at the area councils and satellite towns.
“This is so that the lives of our people in the rural areas
will be positively touched. It is also instructive to state that maximum
commitment, cooperation, and loyalty are expected from all staff because it
will not be business as usual.
“We will run with the vision of President Tinubu, which we
will be unveiling as we hit the ground running,” she said.
Earlier, the permanent secretary assured the ministers of
the unalloyed support of the entire staff of the FCT Administration in ensuring
the actualisation of the mandate of President Tinubu.
Also, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development
Authority FCDA, Shehu Hadi, thanked Wike and Mahmoud for accepting to serve and
reposition the FCT.
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