By Abba – Eku Onyeka, Abuja
The Honourable Minister, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged newly promoted police officers and men posted to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to continue to put the nation and the people first in the discharge of their duties.
In a press release from the Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Anthony Ogunleye, Mallam Bello gave the charge while decorating 20 newly promoted inspectors and sergeants of the FCT command with their new ranks.
Informing them that the promotion was a sign of appreciation as a result of diligence by President Muhammad Buhari, he also urged them to reciprocate the good gesture of Mr. President by putting in more effort in the discharge of their duties and maintaining good work ethics, just as he assured them that the President Buhari-led Administration has the welfare of the Nigerian police at heart and is pushing reforms aimed at improving their general wellbeing.
“Your work is very difficult and also very rewarding, because you protect the citizenry. And we have seen how you have been working very hard in the FCT and other parts of the country. I, particularly, with my team here in the FCTA, am very happy with the entire FCT Police Command and the entire police structure for the tremendous amount of support you have given us and for being partners with us in terms of internal security as well as all the other activities that we do to keep a mega city like Abuja functional. We thank you for that and assure you that we will continue to provide you the needed support to make sure that you excel in your work and duty to the nation, he stated.”
In another development, the Minister beckoned investors to invest in the nation’s capital, saying that Abuja is conducive for investment.
Making the call at the official opening of the 15th Abuja International Trade Fair, the Minister stressed that the FCTA was working with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ABBUCI and other stakeholders to harmonise taxation so that payment of multiple taxes does not adversely affect businesses in the FCT.
He said that the FCTA was working hard to create the enabling environment to make the Territory a major trading and business destination, adding that the focus of the 15th edition of the fair, with the theme; “Trade and Commerce Beyond Borders,” is in tandem with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of putting Nigeria on the global map as a great trade and exporting nation. The theme, he added, was a call to look inwards.
“This theme is, indeed, a call to look inwards and harness all the abundant potentials of our great nation in areas of agriculture, mining and technology to not only rebuild our economy but also become a major commodity exporter,” stated.
Commending the management of the Chamber for ensuring that the fair still held in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as adding that the Chamber’s innovative and result – oriented ideas and activities have contributed in no small measure in raising the profile of the FCT as a growing commercial and industrial hub, he added that the efforts of the outgoing President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode in building the structures within the trade fair complex has improved the Abuja skyline.
Belo in company of the Hon. Minister Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo and other dignitaries also took a tour of the various exhibition stands.