Minister Urges Estate Developers In FCT To Go Green To Combat Climate Change
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has tasked estate developers in the FCT to go green, in other to combat climate change.
Malam Bello who stated this at the commissioning of the Cosgrove Smart Estate, Wuye, said emphasis will be placed on ensuring that estates are managed properly with greater emphasis on security and the environment
According to the Minister, “I wish to remind estate developers that 40 per cent of the FCT is intended to be green. This is even more critical now as we battle climate change
He called on estate owners to make adequate provisions for gardens and parks, plant enough trees, shrubs and flowers, which, he said, was not only for the aesthetics of the city but also for key environmental reasons within the estates.
Malam Bello also said it would be mandatory for estates in the FCT to deploy CCTV cameras with recording facilities and solar lights on their perimeter fences and along streets within estates.
“Our focus would be ensuring that estates are managed properly to the benefit of the residents. Accordingly, greater emphasis would be placed on security and environmental matters. It would be made mandatory for every estate in the FCT to deploy CCTV cameras with recording facilities and solar lights on perimeter fences and along the streets in the estates.
“Furthermore, no scavengers would not be allowed to be refuse collectors within estates. Each estate would be expected to employ the services of reputable companies registered by the AEPB,” he stated.
Malam Bello congratulated Cosgrove Investment Ltd and its CEO, Umar Abdullahi for pioneering construction of Smart Estates in the FCT, saying that the housing sub-sector in the FCT was the most dynamic and vibrant in the entire country, especially with the active participation of the private sector, that deploy world-class designs, new building technologies and innovations in their work
Meanwhile, the Minister has commended the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) over its efforts at ensuring inclusivity of women in governance.
Malam Bello made the commendation during a courtesy call to the FCTA by officials of the Council led by its National President, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda.
Bello said: “I commend you for the promotion of inclusivity of women in the country, you have done tremendous work and have been very supportive of our activities, particularly during COVID-19.
“We know the role of women in Nigeria and we know the role of women in bringing about this particular government and we know the positive views of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari in respect to gender issues.
“And in the FCT, we have always keyed into these views and ideas and that is why we have specific Departments and Units dedicated to handling these issues,” the Minister added
Commenting on requests earlier made by the NCWS President, for more support to the Council, Malam Bello affirmed that it was incumbent on everybody to support the NCWS because of its complementary activities and programmes.
“Quite frankly, your requirements are things that everyone will want to support because it is our duty to support you because you are complementing what we are doing.”
Earlier, Dr Shoda had requested the Minister to assist the NCWS in its activities to help improve the livelihood of women across the FCT.