Expressing discontent with the deteriorating cleanliness and transportation system in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has issued a stern directive to top officials. He warned them to either step up their efforts or seek reassignment elsewhere within the administration.
Wike particularly directed the director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to urgently address the city’s cleanliness concerns, stressing that he would monitor his performance closely. In the area of transportation, Wike conveyed his concerns, stating, “Trouble has come.”
During the handover of notes from the outgoing Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Wike emphasized his commitment to completing projects and not leaving them abandoned. He declared his alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda and pledged visible differences in the near future.
Wike stressed the need for immediate action to reassure citizens that the government is dedicated to revitalizing the territory. He instructed that malfunctioning street lights should be promptly repaired, and he placed significant pressure on the sanitation director to address the cleanliness issues. In a determined tone, he conveyed, “I must make sure I give you BP (high blood pressure), so you must work hard.”
Regarding transportation, Wike underscored the challenges posed by unauthorized bus stops and asserted his commitment to ensuring order in the city. He made it clear that a lack of capacity would not be tolerated, urging officials to uphold law and order even in the face of challenges.
Minister of State in the FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, affirmed her belief in replicating Wike’s successful approach in Rivers within the FCT, promising a vision aligned with President Tinubu’s goals. The Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority also expressed their support for the ministers’ efforts to reposition and revitalize the FCT.
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