The minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has called on stakeholders in the Abuja Project to work towards safeguarding infrastructure and facilities provided by government over the years.
Mr Muhammad Bello made the call when he received the management of DAAR Communication PLC, led by its group managing director, Mr Tony Akiotu, on a courtesy visit to the FCT Administration in Abuja recently.
Bello in the meeting with the media outfit stressed the need for the media, residents and other stakeholders in the Abuja Project to join hands with the FCT Administration (FCTA) to build the federal capital of the founding fathers' collective dreams.
According to him, the crux of the matter is that we all must own this city... your home is Abuja...therefore you have to own Abuja. This city was built from the scratch by collaborative engagement of the stakeholders over the yearsâ€.
He said: "While government can provide the best roads and state-of-the-art facilities at great cost, it behoves on all residents and other stakeholders to own these projects and protect them from vandals and other unscrupulous elements aiming to destroy them.
Bello also reminded residents that they have a lot at stake in the FCT since the likelihood of their children remaining in the city and making it their home is quite high.
The minister stressed the need for Nigerians to always have the right perspective on issues, adding that it is the responsibility of the media to provide that perspective.
Bello further urged the media to be diligent in the reportage of events, while charging them to do more of investigative journalism to expose negative elements determined to bring the country down.
He also stressed the need for the media to focus more on exposing such corrupt and criminal- minded individuals and groups set on tearing down institutions.
The minister, while commending DAAR Communications for its service to country charged the media to differentiate between individuals and institutions in their reportage, adding that, "We should never bring down institutions because they represent our values and our humanity.â€
Earlier, Akiotu had commended the minister for delivering on the dividends of democracy to Abuja and its residents, which, according to him, resulted in his reappointment as FCT minister by Mr President for a second term.
Akiotu pledged the support of his organization for activities of the FCTA towards the growth and development of the FCT and the people.
The GMD however said: "People need to know why some projects are prioritized while some are delayedâ€, adding that such knowledge will make the people appreciate more, the challenges public office holders face in the discharge of their mandate and bringing development to the people.