The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commended the management of the National Defence College for working assiduously towards completing the permanent site of the college at Piwoyi, Abuja.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave the commendation when management of the National Defence College paid him a courtesy call recently.
Bello, assured the college that the FCT Administration will do whatever is necessary to ensure that they are able to move to its permanent site as quickly as possible to a more comfortable location.
He noted that a number of national and multilateral agencies are waiting to take over their existing location.
According to him, the Administration is working towards addressing the infrastructural challenges around the area in Piwoyi, pointing out that part of the plan is to open up that area through the relevant arterial roads that are in the Abuja Master Plan.
“As you can see the legislative college is almost done. If you notice, you will see that the Korean Model School also is almost done.
“A lot of developments are going on around the area,” he said.
However, the Minister who frowned at the rapid expansion of illegal settlements around the area, said steps are being taken to discourage the negative trend.
“The villages that you see springing up there are all illegal and if we all agree that they are illegal, then it’s better for us so that we treat them as such.
“Normally, it’s the construction and the activity in your permanent site and all the other major institutions that are coming up there that are attracting these people.
“If we all keep quiet and we don’t do anything, they will continue to grow.
“But they are really not supposed to be there and they are usually people that work in your site or work for some of the other construction sites there,” he stressed.
Earlier in his remark, the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo said the team was on a familiarity visit to the Minister to explain what they have been doing, and also raise issues for his attention.
“As our landlord, we have continued to enjoy your support and we are very grateful, particularly the relationship between the Administration and the College.
“The College has continued to grow in strength and in terms of the scope of our activities.
“We have benefiting from all the good things the territory has offered us, particularly the physical properties we have, the permanent site is somewhere in Piwoyi and we hope in the coming years, we will relocate there fully,” he stated.