Vanguard (Lagos)

21 September 2012

Nigeria: Maku Appeals to Nigerians to Safeguard Government Facilities

Abuja — The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, on Thursday in Abuja appealed to Nigerians to help in safeguarding government projects in their domains, in the interest of national development.

Maku, who made the appeal when he addressed journalists after inspecting some Federal Government projects in Abuja, lamented the attitude of some Nigerians toward public facilities.

He said a situation where newly completed projects were misused by the public was unacceptable and against genuine transformation.

Maku said the responsibility of safeguarding the facilities was not that of the government alone, and that Nigerians were also expected to help by protecting such investments.

He also sought the support of security agencies to protect government property from being misused by those he described as "enemies of the state."

The minister stressed the need for Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to support government programmes, especially when huge sums were involved in providing them.

He said the present administration had committed a lot of resources in the provision of basic infrastructure needed for Nigeria's transformation.

Earlier at the Immigration Headquarters located on Airport Road, Abuja, the minister had urged members of staff of the Nigerian Immigration Service to make good use of the new passport office complex.

He said it was the only way that they could justify government's huge investments in the construction of the edifice.

Maku said Nigerians were expecting improved immigration services and urged those who would be working at the complex to cultivate the habit of maintenance to ensure that the structure served its purpose effectively.

At the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Transmitting Station in Lugbe, the minister urged the members of staff of the organisation to assist in maintaining the facilities.

He said it would be unacceptable if the facilities were misused and damaged few months after its completion.

Maku said that the image of the country would be better projected through the programmes of the station.

Meanwhile, some members of civil society organisations on the minister's team expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work on some of the projects inspected.

Mr Emmanuel Nwosu, the Coordinator of the National Peace Summit, said the quality of work done on the Abuja Light Rail Project was particularly impressive and worthy of commendation.

He urged the contractors handling other government projects across the country to exhibit the same commitment and spirit as those handling projects in the FCT.

"I am very impressed with the level of work I have seen today; the quality is fantastic and I want to call on other contractors to take a cue from the rail project; everything is fantastic."

Mr Ibrahim Gimba, a member of one of the civil society group, said that the commitment shown by contractors in the FCT was high and commendable.

Gimba expressed the hope that the same level of commitment and quality would be replicated in the states.

He urged Nigerians to follow the facility tour and make their views known on some of the projects that would be visited by the 'Good Governance' team.

Some of the sites visited by the team included the Abuja Light Rail Project, the VON Transmitting Station, the Nigerian Immigration Passport Office and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

The tour will continue on Friday, with visits to other project sites in the FCT. (NAN)

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