The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, weekend gave further explanation on the land swap scheme introduced by his administration.
The minister also sought the forgiveness of stakeholders whom he may have wronged in the process of implementing the various policies of his administration.
Addressing stakeholders at the Gwarinpa 1 District of the territory after the FCT Muslim Community paid sallah homage on President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa, the minister said the Abuja Land Swap model is a practical innovation of his administration to fast-track the development of the Federal Capital Territory.
“We have brought innovation to leave landmark and
fast track development of the entire 8,000 square kilometer of the
Federal Capital Territory”, he said.
Senator Mohammed who called for peaceful co-existence amongst all
residents of the territory irrespective of religious or political
inclination, promised to respect the sensibility of all.
The minister expressed gratitude for the support his administration
has been enjoying from the residents of the territory and further
assured that all actions taken by the government are taken for public
He sought for forgiveness from anyone wronged by any step taken in
repositioning the wheel of governance in the Abuja and also said
he had forgiven those who wronged him in the spirit of the
The minister thanked the FCT Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), for always
being together with the Muslims during their festivities and urged
Muslims to reciprocate the same gesture during Christian festivities
to foster unity in the overall interest of the nation.
The Senator representing FCT, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, seized the
opportunity to congratulate the Muslim Ummah on Eid-el-Fitr and
commended the robust and brotherly relationship between the FCT
Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and the FCT Minister of State, Oloye
In his opening remarks, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Obinna
Chukwu on behalf of the bureaucrats expressed unflinching loyalty to
Engr. Chukwu described Eid-el-Fitr as very significant because it has
afforded the residents an opportunity and platform to always meet and
rub minds; adding that frank discussions during iftar (breaking of
fast during Ramadan) and Sallah celebration with stakeholders has
further cemented the existing cordial relationship amongst residents
of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Chairman of FCT ALGON who is also the Chairman of the Abuja
Municipal Area Council, Mr. Micah Jiba thanked the FCT Minister for
all the wonderful innovation he has brought to bear in the governance
Mr. Jiba promised that they would continue to support the FCT
Administration under Senator Bala Mohammed because he has been
carrying them along.
FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, the Chief Iman of
Abuja National Mosque, Ustaz Musa Mohammed, FCT CAN Chairman, Rev.
Israel Akanji, FCT Area Council Chairmen and some Associations of the
FCT Original Inhabitants were among prominent residents that attended