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Transforming Abuja to a smart city not negotiable, says Wike

Transforming Abuja to a smart city not negotiable, says Wike
February 26
10:24 2024

Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), says the FCT administration’s goal to transform Abuja to a smart city is not negotiable.

Wike spoke at the annual media retreat of the FCT minister’s press corps themed: ‘Building an Environment that Benefits a Smart City. Healthy Café: A Step Towards Effective City Management’, in Keffi on Sunday.

Wike was represented by Anthony Ogunleye, director of press at the ministry of FCT.

He said the concept of a smart city is not merely an ambitious vision but an imperative step towards ensuring sustainable urban development and enhanced quality of life for residents.

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“It involves the integration of technology, innovation, and strategic planning, to create an environment that is efficient, resilient, and responsive to the needs of its inhabitants,” NAN quoted Wike as saying.

“We are not only leveraging technological advancements but also prioritising health and well-being at every level of urban planning.

“Initiatives such as accessible green spaces, efficient waste management, sustainable transport systems, and promoting healthy lifestyle contribute significantly to this vision.

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“Let us, therefore, leverage the momentum of President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda and the FCT Administration’s steps towards increased revenues to propel our city into a symbol of innovation, sustainability, and inclusive growth.”

The minister implored FCT residents to fulfil their civic duties, including timely payment of taxes, while the FCTA strives to meet its obligations to residents.

He also described the flagrant violations of basic rules such as traffic light infractions and driving against traffic as disheartening, adding that such actions would no longer be tolerated.

“Let us work together to build a city where both the government and the public uphold their respective responsibilities for the betterment of our beloved city,” Wike added.

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“I urge the media to help us in getting this message across to all and sundry.”

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