Following the destruction of the newly installed solar panels in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by suspected vandals, the senate has lamented the recent illegal activities of the criminals.
While conducting an inspection of some of the ongoing projects within the city as part of the committee’s oversight function, Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi, All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi West, lamented the activities of vandals in the city, said that efforts must be made to secure and maintain all facilities including traffic lights, rail tracks, manholes, and power installations among others.
Asking Nigerians to protect public facilities put in place for their benefits, Adeyemi while speaking in Abuja at the weekend, said security and maintenance components should be factored into budget proposals for proposed projects.
Other projects inspected include, ongoing rehabilitation works at the National Assembly, operations control centre of the Abuja Mass Rail Transit System, the Gosa dump site and landfill, and the Wupa sewage treatment plant, as well as the facilities and equipment of the Department of Development Control.
Adeyemi hailed the FCTA Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for his commitment to the execution of priority projects in the Territory.
Responding to the issue of the security of critical infrastructure, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Shehu Ahmed, said the FCT Security Committee had mandated the FCT Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to ensure the security of such facilities across the FCT.
Meanwhile, FCTA Director, Department of Facility Maintenance, Omoniyi Olaloye explained that the solar street lighting initiative became imperative due to inadequate power supply from the national grid.
Olaloye revealed that over 4000 units of solar-powered street lights had been installed so far across the city, promising that more installations would be made.
Also present during the oversight project tour were some members of the FCT Senate Committee, Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu; the Secretary for Transportation, Hon Abdullahi Candido; Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council TPL Umar Shuaibu; Director, Department of Development Control TPL Mukhtar Galadima; Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Osilama Braimah; and other senior officials of the FCTA.