Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on the
media, residents and other stakeholders in the Abuja project to join hands with
the FCT Administration to build the federal capital of their collective dreams.
made the call when he received the management of DAAR Communication PLC, led by
its Group Managing Director, Mr. Tony Akiotu, on a courtesy visit to the FCT
At the meeting,
which was at the behest of the media outfit, the FCT Minister stressed the need
for all stakeholders to own the Abuja project and work towards safeguarding all
infrastructure and facilities deployed by government over the years.
In the words
of Malam Bello, “The crux of the matter is that we all
must own this city… your home is Abuja…therefore you have to own Abuja. This city
was built from the scratch by collaborative engagement of the stakeholders over
He said “While government can provide the best roads and
state of the art facilities, at great cost, it behooves on all residents and
other stakeholders to own these projects and protect them from vandals and
other unscrupulous elements aiming to destroy them.
Malam Bello also reminded residents that they have a
lot at stake in the FCT since the likelihood of their children remaining in the
city and making it their home is quite high.
stressed the need for Nigerians to always have the right perspective on issues,
adding that it is the responsibility of the media to provide that perspective.
urged the media to be diligent in the reportage of events while charging them
to do more of investigative journalism to expose negative elements determined
to bring the country down. He also stressed the need for the media to focus
more on exposing such corrupt and criminal minded individuals and groups set on
tearing down institutions.
the media to differentiate between individuals and institutions in their
reportage, adding that, “We should never bring down institutions because they
represent our values and our humanity”
commended DAAR Communications for its service to country.
Akiotu had commended the Minister for delivering on the dividends of democracy
to Abuja and its residents, which, according to him, resulted in his
reappointment as FCT Minister by Mr. President for a second term.
the support of his organization for activities of the FCTA towards the growth
and development of the FCT and the people.
however said “People need to know why some projects are prioritized while some
are delayed”, adding that such knowledge will make the people appreciate more,
the challenges public office holders face in the discharge of their mandate and
bringing development to them.