May 21, 2024

Expressing his frustration with the increasing levels of untidiness and disorganized transportation systems in the capital city of Abuja, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike has called upon high-ranking officials of the administration to improve their performance or consider seeking reassignment elsewhere.

Specifically, he directed the director in charge of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to address the city’s cleanliness issues, emphasizing that he would closely monitor progress, even to the extent of raising his blood pressure due to his involvement.

Regarding transportation matters, Wike communicated to senior officials in the local dialect that significant challenges have arisen.

He conveyed this message during a session in Abuja while receiving transition notes from Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary of the FCTA.

Wike asserted, “I am committed to ensuring that Abuja receives the highest standard. Numerous projects will be initiated and completed without abandonment. I do not support leaving projects unfinished. I initiate projects based on available funds, thus we will carefully assess our financial capacity before initiating any new project.”

He expressed his belief in the renewed prospects championed by President Bola Tinubu, assuring that Nigerians will witness notable differences in the near future.

Meanwhile, Wike underlined the necessity for immediate results to assure citizens of the government’s determination to enhance the territory’s state.

“We are here to fulfill short-term objectives that will demonstrate the resurgence of Abuja to its intended condition. Complaints about malfunctioning street lights are widespread, and I am equally concerned. We are committed to rapidly rectifying this issue,” he articulated.

The former governor of Rivers State directed the director responsible for street lighting to expedite the restoration of illumination to Abuja’s streets as quickly as possible.

In relation to cleanliness and sanitation, Wike indicated that he would apply considerable pressure on the director responsible, to the point where it might even cause elevated blood pressure.

He declared, “You must be prepared to work diligently. I will ensure I put pressure on you until you feel the pressure. Neglecting the environment’s cleanliness while holding a directorial position is unacceptable. This is our chance to demonstrate to Nigerians and Mr. President that we will not disappoint. If sanitation is under your jurisdiction, keep your medication on hand, because I will persistently press for the cleanliness of Abuja.”

Turning his attention to transportation, Wike stated, “There are numerous unauthorized bus stops in the city, posing a significant issue. While I hold women in high regard, I will not make an exception here. If you lack the capacity, we may need to replace you immediately.”

He acknowledged the challenges of the role, mentioning that being disliked is an inevitable part of the job, yet ultimately, proficient execution will yield appreciation. Wike stressed the importance of maintaining lawfulness in society, even in challenging circumstances.

Minister of State in the FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, echoed Wike’s sentiments, expressing her belief that with the collaboration of the staff, his accomplishments in Rivers State could be replicated in the FCT. She emphasized the need for staff commitment, cooperation, and loyalty, underscoring that business as usual will not be the norm, and that they will adhere to the vision of President Tinubu.

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