Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Abdulkadir-Mohammed say the crime rate in the nation’s capital has dropped by 25 per cent when compared with statistics of last year.
Senator Mohammed, who announced this last Thursday, in Abuja, while hosting members of the diplomatic community to a breakfast meeting in Gwarinpa I District Abuja, also reiterated that cases of car snatching, house breaking and pilfering have also reduced drastically.
“We are not sleeping, until all miscreants are routed from the Federal Capital Territory… the Police authorities have informed me that crime rate has indeed dropped by about 25 percent, compared to statistics of the preceding year”, he said.
According to him, “we are working very hard to address security challenges in the FCT through the network of the G-6, comprising Governors of the five contiguous states and the FCT”.
He explained that the group meets regularly to map out measures to tackle security challenges and to close identified gaps in defence apparatus, which has made it extremely difficult for those criminals and criminally minded individuals in those states to seek refuge in FCT.
Senator Mohammed expressed regret over previous revocation of mission’s plots of land in the Federal Capital City by the FCT Administration.
“As you are no doubt aware, the President-in-Council has directed that plots of land belonging to diplomatic missions that were revoked be returned and that there should be no restrictions regarding when you should develop them”, the Minister emphasised.
Senator Mohammed stressed that this friendly approach was designed to remove any pressure which the earlier revocation might have brought on them.
The Minister recalled that recently, the FCT Administration took drastic steps to remove women of easy virtue from the streets, noting that some of them who were driven to the business as a result of joblessness have come to register with the FCT Social Development Secretariat to learn useful skills.
Senator Mohammed appealed to the members of the diplomatic community to help get international donors and Non-Governmental Organisations in their home countries to partner with the FCT Administration in rehabilitating them.
The Minister warned that henceforth, anyone who flouts the law on soliciting for sex will be apprehended and prosecuted.
He assured that the FCT Administration will continue to provide all residents of the Federal Capital Territory, especially the diplomatic community, with an atmosphere conducive for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral foreign policy.
Welcoming guests to the meeting, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Goke Adegoroye, appealed to the diplomats to avail the FCT Administration their wealth of experiences that would help in transforming Abuja to the status envisaged by its founding fathers.
Dr. Adegoroye stated that such interface meeting is desirable to get advises and suggestions that would enable the FCT Administration tackle the multi dimensional challenges posed by the influx of people into the Territory.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ana Candida Perez, encouraged Nigerians, saying that the development of Abuja is on the right track but a lot needs to be done.
About 23 Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Nigeria of various countries across the globe, in addition to the representatives of the World Bank, UNDP and African Development Bank attended the breakfast meeting.
Justus Awaji, Abuja