The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has reiterated the resolve of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to make Abuja the true home for all Nigerians and friends of the country.
The minister gave the assurance in her message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary on Thursday in Abuja.
Aliyu stressed that the capital city would continue to share the noble dreams of the country’s founding fathers, who toiled day and night to lay the foundation for evolution of a great country.
She noted that in spite of the numerous challenges that faced the country in the past 60 years, the country’s diversity had continued to strengthen the nation-building efforts.
Aliyu added that the nation’s differences and diversities had demonstrated that if they were properly harnessed, the citizens could surmount any challenges.
The minister lamented that Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebration was not elaborate because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had disrupted all activities and taken a huge toll on the country’s economy.
She, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, who responded effectively and promptly to tackle the plague.
The minister assured the residents of FCT that the outbreak of the pandemic had afforded the FCTA the opportunity to initiate reforms to revitalise the economy for the benefit of all.
“On our part, the FCTA, headed by Malam Muhammad Bello and I, have looked at the current crisis as an opportunity to initiate reforms to revitalise our economy for the benefit of all.
“Such reforms are seen in the agricultural value chain, with small entrepreneurs as the focus. This 60th Independence Day celebration, is very unique and restrained. And the reason is obvious.
“The whole world has been rattled by the deadly coronavirus, which has disrupted all activities and taken a huge toll on our economy. It has also altered the world we lived in before its outbreak.
“With our committed efforts, we have succeeded in containing the magnitude of the pandemic and saving the lives of a large number of our compatriots.
“We thank all those that supported us in this battle that we continue to wage, in our resolve to defeat our common enemy, COVID-19,” she said.
The minister stressed that if all Nigerian citizens worked together, Nigeria would emerge stronger in the comity of prosperous democracies of the world.