Ahead of the May 29, 2019, Presidential Inauguration day in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is not resting on its oars to ensure a hitch-free ceremony for the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari to a second term in office.

Having fulfilled the constitutional provisions of winning the highest number of votes across in the poll alongside 25 per cent of the vote in each of at least two-thirds of the states of the federation in the 23 February, 2019 presidential elections, electoral umpire Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Presidential Buhari the winner of the poll. He polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 11,262,978, to come second.

Preparations have heated up in all circles of the country for the Inauguration day since then. In Abuja, as part of several moves by FCTA to ensure various infrastructure within the Federal Capital City [FCC] are available to serve the residents of FCT and other visitors, including high profile personalities expected from all over the world, the FCTA Department of Facilities Maintenance and Management (DFMM) has been working round the clock to see that the city is fit for the august occasion which is expected to be graced by many world leaders.

Speaking to Abuja Digest Weekly in an exclusive interview, Director, DFMM, Engr. Omoniyi Olaloye, explained that many visitors are being expected to attend the event from all over the world and so it is not proper to leave the city without a touch up on most facilities that seem to have one challenge or the other. One of the significant infrastructure that spectacularly strikes visitors to any modern city and compels them to form an impression—negative or positive— of the place is the streetlight system.

On the FCC streetlights, Engr. Olaloye explained that crack engineers from the department’s Electrical Division have rolled up their sleeves to ensure, alongside streetlight contractors, that the streets are well-lit, while damaged bulbs are being replaced, fittings fixed and the flexible cables regularly tested to ensure they are working perfectly. According to him, the department’s Mechanical Division is not left out as officials there are currently working on broken down heavy duty vehicles which will be used to move items from one place to another and for hangings and work on heights.

The Director revealed that broken and stolen drain covers are being replaced to prevent unnecessary mishaps to road users during the period. On the drainage system in Abuja, he explained that the FCT has the best drainage system in the country, adding, however, that despite this, it was observed that some parts of the city center are flooded when it rains.

This was attributed to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains by some unrepentant residents who ignore all official warnings on the danger of flooding. The Director warned that such residents will certainly face the music when caught as government agents are on the prowl for them. Speaking further, Engr. Olaloye complained about some vulcanizers who have formed the habit of securing their tyres inside the drains and dumping damaged ones there too, should desist from the acts because hardship awaits them when they fall into the lurking long arms of the law.

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