June 12: FCTA pledges safety of residents

June 12: FCTA pledges safety of residents

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday in Abuja has assured the residents of FCT of their safety during and after the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations.


The Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, gave the assurance after the routine FCT Security Committee meeting.


“Residents of FCT are very peace loving; so, collectively, we are committed to a peaceful June 12 celebration.


“In this regard, our security agencies are catching on to this commitment and they have assured us that no stone will be left unturned in protecting the lives and property of residents.


“Security agencies have marshalled various strategies that will be deployed during this period. So, one thing I can tell the residents is to be assured of their safety in the city during the period and beyond,” he said.


Adesola, therefore, called on the residents to go about their normal and lawful activities.


On the rising wave of kidnapping in the territory, the permanent secretary said that there was a consensus that the joint operations of the various security agencies would deal with the issue.


He stressed that the FCTA was supporting the various security agencies through the provision of more operational vehicles and repairing those that had broken down to boost their operations and improve their response time.


He also disclosed that the National Security and Civil Defence Corps had announced the establishment of a Special Task Force to tackle the menace of kidnapping in the territory.


On the challenge of street begging, which equally constitutes security threats to residents of Abuja, Adesola said that a multipronged approach, which included the sensitisation of residents to appropriate ways of giving alms would be adopted.


He said that FCTA would seek the intervention of religious institutions and constructive engagements with sponsors, where identified, would be adopted to bring the menace to the barest minimum.


He said that even though it was in the nature of Nigerians to give alms to the needy, they should refrain from giving alms on the streets as the donations could be used to fund the purchase of illicit drugs and encourage anti-social vices.


Adesola, therefore, advised the residents to instead go to places of worship, hospitals, orphanages, among others, to make such donations.


“We also discussed the issue of beggars that infiltrated the city and we have developed a multipronged approach.


“For instance, the use of sensitisation for people to know that there are better ways to give alms rather than giving alms to the so-called poor on the streets.


“Because giving to the poor on the streets can be counterproductive, as they could use the alms for illegal purposes; they could use it to buy drugs.


“But you can give to orphanages, churches and mosques; you go to community activities, to hospitals to donate there.


“These are channels that your money, your alms will be used for purposes that are beneficial. We will be sensitising the citizens on this approach,” he said.


He also called on religious institutions to preach to members of their congregations

that the war on street begging and anti-social behaviours should be seen as a collective effort and not one for the government alone.

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