Wike warns Council chairman over frequent foreign trips amidst insecurity, NUT strike


By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday warned chairmen of the six area councils in the territory against what he called frequent overseas trips despite deteriorating state of insecurity and education crises .

At an emergency meeting with security agencies and council chairmen in Abuja, the minister asked residents of the FCT not to panick adding that very decisive actions are being taken to curb the security challenges.

Wike said: “All of us are aware of the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) particularly Bwari Area Council and some other areas that we have witnessed security challenges.

According to him, “All we are concerned is that the FCT that houses virtually every Nigerian, we owe a duty to make sure that this place is safe. We will do all we can, and we assure Nigerians who reside here that there is no need for panic.

He continued: “We are taking every step to make sure that there is no challenges, as they are things we must resolved.
So this meeting is practically to look into such challenges, and see how we will be able to resolve the problems.”

So, we are not sleeping and security agencies are not sleeping. We will provide every support that they require in order to allay the fears of the citizens cum residents.” He stressed.

Warning the area council Chairmen against abdication of responsibility and frequent travels, the minister said “we have invited all the Council Chairmen, because they also have a responsibility in their various area councils.

Wike said “we will not be happy, where Area Council Chairmen will leave their responsibilities and travel out. We have gotten reports that Council Chairmen travel anytime and then, if anything happens, they will not call anybody’s name except the FCT Minister.”

He also lamented the crises bedevilling public primary school education in the FCT pointiout that “recently NUT have embarked on strike and it is not our fault but the Area Councils.

“Primary schools are under the body of the Area Councils but again, it will look as if the Ministers are doing nothing but that is not our responsibility. However, we can’t fold our hands and we have invited them to this meeting to see how we can resolve the problem.” Wike added.

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