11 January 2013

Nigeria: FCTA to Create Military Buffer Districts

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has disclosed plans by the administration to redesign the Kurunduma area of the territory into districts for the military to serve as buffer for the city.

Mohammed who disclosed this yesterday while receiving the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba, who paid him a courtesy visit, said this was to forestall future attacks on the FCT, such as that on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office of the Nigeria Police.

The minister who observed that there were over 2,000 hectares of unplanned land along the Kurunduma area that were vulnerable and could easily be penetrated for such attacks, said the FCT administration will redesign the buffer in that zone to provide some districts for the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

He said these districts to be allocated to the military and other security agencies would go a long way to protect the cederal Capital city from that axis and thereby deter hoodlums from using the thick forest for their nefarious activities.

Mohammed expressed the readiness of his administration to continue to support the military and other security agencies to continue to protect the nation's capital as well as achieve their other statutory duties, adding that a committee, under the chairmanship of the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Architect Reuben Okoya, would be inaugurated to assist in resolving all infrastructural problems in the area being developed in the Asokoro district by the Nigerian Navy.

He urged the Nigeria Navy and other military formations in the Federal Capital Territory to look inwards to ameliorate some of their accommodation problems in Abuja.

Speaking earlier, Ezeoba said the Nigeria Navy had taken a cue from the transformation agenda of the federal government to develop capacity and solicited for the support of the minister to get adequate accommodation for the officers of the Nigeria Navy.

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