Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed has admitted wrongdoing over the proposed demolition of structures along the Abuja Airport Road, saying the administration acted in error.
The minister stated this yesterday when he received residents of the territory who were at his official residence to pay Sallah homage.
Recall that a little over a month ago, indigenes of the territory in communities along the airport road had come out to protest the planned demolition of their homes by the FCT administration without any alternatives in place for them.
The minister yesterday stated that the administration had allowed the people to remain in their homes as it had since been discovered that no comprehensive arrangement for their resettlement had been made and added that the statusquo would be maintained until that is done.
“We discovered that natives who protested on airport road were right, they had not been resettled and we’ve since allowed them to go back to their homes pending when those are done. We are not always right,” he said.
On the issue of security, while lamenting the challenges and the unfortunate incidents that have occurred in the territory, the minister said, “we’ll continue to do our best to provide security through a security protocol we are coming up with which will be ready soon. All businesses must have CCTV and we must do this despite the inconvenience because of the challenges we’ve found ourselves in.”
Mohammed commended Christian and Islamic clerics in the FCT for always being with the administration and praying for it to succeed and urged Muslims to use the occasion of Sallah to pray for the nation, reflect on the lessons learnt during the preceding month of Ramadan and continue to imbibe its teachings in their daily lives, which are primarily premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality.
His words: “I enjoin you to continue to pray for the nation as it strives to the overcome the current security challenges in some parts of the country”.
The minister further called for prayers for the success of the country’s leadership under President Goodluck Jonathan for Allah to continue to guide, protect and give him the wisdom to steer the affairs of the state.