Why We’re Enforcing Parks Policy: FCT Minister

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed BelloHe has explained why his administration is enforcing the park operation policy in the country’s capital. He said his administration decided to go back to politics to ensure that the threshold of 40 percent green space in the city is achieved. Bello came up with the idea when the management of the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), led by its Managing Director, Buki Ponle, paid him a courtesy call on Thursday in Abuja. “The whole concept of the park policy is to make sure that these green areas within Abuja as a city and to some extent parts of the territory are left green in order to reach the 40 per cent green area threshold. ”Abuja was way ahead of many cities in terms of climate consideration and the general idea was to develop these green areas to make them truly green with vegetation, with green land, flowers and trees. “That was largely achieved a few years ago, but with the growth of the city’s population and the demand for housing and land, if we are not aware of it, we can go off the rails and turn it into a concrete city,” he said. Bello said that the abuse of the green areas had affected the ecosystem, adding that the government realized sometime in the mid-2000s that it was simply impossible to maintain all the green areas. This, he said, informed the concession of green areas to private operators to develop as parks. ”A park in the real sense of a park like the one we see in other countries is orderly, clean with sidewalks, with playgrounds for children, games for family members and relaxation areas. “And in all parts of the world, these parks have opening and closing hours and they usually take place during the day, it can be from 8 am or, in some cases, at 7 am and then they close at night” , said. The minister affirmed that almost 95 percent of those who gave concessions to parks turned them into structures, abusing them and the environment. ”Instead of temporary structures with ecological materials, they began to build solid concrete structures. “And instead of doing green areas, they started creating a concrete basement and that completely ruled out the idea and over time these permanent and concrete structures started to become areas where a lot of things went wrong. “Parks that were meant to be areas where there would be an aesthetic like you see in New York, London and so many other cities around the world, gradually became places where criminals stayed. “Because it’s an open public space, they stay there at night until midnight and after midnight you know what they do in the city. “They ravage many of the parks and because the park owners have not been able to invest over time to keep it green, it was easier for them to stay,” the minister said. According to Bello, Abuja is a city where most of the people are workers and the creation of neighborhood parks is to allow families within each neighborhood to have a place to relax. “But because it became something else, you go there and your bag is snatched if you’re a lady and your phone isn’t protected because people are under the influence of drugs. “Families can’t even venture into the parks even in the afternoon because so many people have made it their own abode. Some of them will go under the valleys and build shacks. ”All the laws were there when the idea of ​​the parks policy was started in the mid-2000s, but over time, the institutions charged with the responsibility of enforcement and monitoring did not do their job and that is the crisis we face. now in the city “Unfortunately, as you can see, social media is awash with all kinds of negative narratives, but I thought I should clarify NAN as a ‘manager of public thought’. “You can really understand what the issues are and provide information to our people so they understand the message,” he said. The minister revealed that the administration was receiving positive feedback from residents, adding that they were grateful for the implementation of the policy. Previously, Mr. Ponle had expressed the agency’s willingness to partner with FCT management in promoting education of residents to be aware of their surroundings. He said that it was the responsibility of every citizen to protect what the government had put in place. ”Abuja is beautiful and the people make it beautiful. Hands build and can destroy. You use your hands here to build and rebuild. “And it’s our little way of protecting what they’ve built and even without telling us that we’ve been doing it and will continue to do it,” he said. Mr. Ponle also praised the minister for his achievements in the area of ​​infrastructure development and provision of other basic social services. ”Abuja has changed tremendously to my great surprise and I commend their efforts in that regard. You’ve done so well even the blind can see “We think of you every day in a positive way because of what we see, witness and enjoy in the capital city through you,” he said. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Why We’re Enforcing Parks Policy: FCT Minister