By Enyichukwu Enemanna
Minister of the Federal Capital Territor (FCT) Muhammed Bello has disclosed that the sum of N1bn has been earmarked for the renovation of National Mosque and National Christian Centre, to make them presentable tourists sites for visitors into the city of Abuja.
The Minister who made this known on Thursday while featuring at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said N500m has been set aside for each of the worship centres.
According to the Minister, the Federal Capital Territory Administration was equally renovating the Federal Secretariat and National Assembly, saying the sitting arrangements in the two chambers would be changed.
Bello said the Administration has started generating over N200 billion annually through its aggressive internally generated revenue, IGR drive, underlining that the FCT is now rated second in terms of IGR drive, intends to beat Lagos as the highest revenue generating state in the country.
On security, the Minister said the FCT remains the most secure part of Nigeria today despite few incidents of insecurity, stating that security agencies were doing “extremely” well.
“For instance, we have, through the security measures burst several cells of Boko Haram within the FCT.
“Searching areas where they were and the kind of businesses they were doing and how they were able to blend easily within the wider community is something that I cannot divulge here, ” he noted.