Top administration officials have been urged to sit up or seek redeployment elsewhere by Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike, who is enraged by the rising degree of pollution and the disorganised transit system in the capital city of Abuja.
In particular, he issued a directive to the director in charge of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, or AEPB, ordering him to clean up the city or risk having his blood pressure raised.
While accepting notes from Mr. Olusade Adesola, the FCTA’s Permanent Secretary, in Abuja, he delivered the accusation.
He said: “I will ensure that Abuja gets the best. You will see projects upon projects, and projects that will be completed and not abandoned.
“I am not a party to abandoned projects. I start a project when there is money, as such we will look into our finances before we begin any project.
“I believe in the renewed hope of President Bola Tinubu, and Nigerians will see the difference in no distant time”.
He said in the meantime, there had to be immediate deliverables to assure the people that the government was determined to turn the fortunes of the territory around.
“We are here to deliver the short-term deliverables for people to see that Abuja is coming back to what it was supposed to be. People are complaining of street lights not working, I am complaining too. We must fix it within the shortest possible time”, he said.
The former Rivers State governor charged the director in charge of street lights to do everything possible in the shortest possible time to restore lights to the streets of Abuja.
On sanitation, Wike said he would be mounting immense pressure on the director in charge to the point that he might even develop high blood pressure.
He declared: “You must be ready to work hard. I must make sure I give you BP, so you must work hard. You can’t be sleeping when the environment is dirty. You can’t be a director for anything.
”It is an opportunity for us to tell Nigerians and Mr President that we cannot disappoint. If you are in charge of sanitation, buy your drugs, carry them all the time because I will disturb you all the time to make sure Abuja is clean.”
On transportation, Wike said: “Wahala don come, there are too many illegal bus stops in the city. I have respect for women, but this one I will not. If you don’t have the capacity, let us replace you now.
”In this job, people will not like you, but in the end, if you do it well, you will be appreciated. Things are tough, yes, but we cannot live in a lawless society because things are tough.”
On her part, Minister of State in the FCT, Dr Mariya Mahmoud, said with the support of staff, what Wike had done in Rivers would be replicated in the FCT.
“I am of the firm belief that, together, and with your support, we will replicate what the Minister (Wike) has done in Rivers in the nation’s capital, especially at the area councils and satellite towns.
“This is so that the lives of our people in the rural areas will be positively touched. It is also instructive to state that maximum commitment, cooperation, and loyalty are expected from all staff because it will not be business as usual.
“We will run with the vision of President Tinubu, which we will be unveiling as we hit the ground running,” she said.
Prior to that, the permanent secretary gave the ministers a guarantee that the whole FCT Administration staff would work without reservation to see that President Tinubu’s mandate was carried out.
Additionally, Wike and Mahmoud were commended by Shehu Hadi, executive secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority FCDA, for agreeing to serve and reposition the FCT.