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Influx of people into FCT a major challenge — Perm. Sec.


Abuja  –  The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr Babatope Ajakaiye, said on Thursday in Abuja that the influx of people, including fake Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), constituted a major challenge to the FCT Administration.

Ajakaiye said this at an interactive session with participants of the Senior Executive Course No. 38, 2016 of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos, the Plateau capital.

“Just take example of the IDPs’ camp in Abuja, many people and companies are helping us in feeding, clothing and providing other essentials.

“Now a lot of people have turned themselves into IDPs which is another problem. They have insiders who stay there and call them anytime a vehicle arrives to distribute materials.

“The IDP centre that we have 2,000 people suddenly turns to 6,000 people. How do you manage that?’’ he wondered.

Ajakaiye said when one looked at what the government was not doing, the attitude of the people must be looked into also.

“It is not only leadership that has problem; we have problem with followership. We also have a population that does not want to work and they are more and more entering Abuja.’’

While expressing concern over the seeming neglect of the FCT vocational and rehabilitation centres, he said that discussion had commenced with the Canadian Embassy following its interest in them, with a view to streamlining their activities.

According to him, a retired Permanent Secretary, Amb. Godknows Igali, is helping in coordinating the centres by reaching out to the embassy, in order to raise them to international standard

Commenting on the Abuja University of Science and Technology, Ajakaiye said the administration was optimistic that the institution would commence academic activities by the end of the year. (NAN)

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