BY: Ben Ukeji
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has pledged his Administration’s commitment towards completion of the construction of an access road to the Body of Benchers Hall .
The completion of the access road will enable the eminent jurists commission and put to use , the structure, located at the Research & Institutional District, Abuja.
The Minister, made this known Thursday in Abuja, during a visit of the delegation of eminent members of the Body of Benchers of Nigeria led by its Chairman, Chief Wole Olanipekun who paid him a courtesy visit.
Mallam Bello expressed the appreciation of the Administration to the judiciary; saying “we are very conscious of the legal profession and justice system probably because we are the only city in Nigeria that is a creation of law and in all that we do, we are guided by law and all of you and the entire profession have been supportive of us”.
He continued, “it is our duty therefore, as a city to really support you in all that you require because it is the natural thing to do”.
Speaking on the demand for the construction of access road to the Body of Benchers Hall, an office complex built by the Body of Benchers, the Minister said the Research & Institutional District of the city is intended to accommodate research and academic institutions and the FCTA would pay particular attention to the provision of infrastructure within the district.
He said, ”few months ago, I was there to see what we could do to fast track the road projects in the area and I intend, with my team, to look at what the challenges are as quickly as possible to see how we can surmount them. This is very important, because it will add tremendous value to the city of Abuja.
What we have tried to do over the last few years is to try to position the city as a conference tourism destination because of the serene environment, peace and the ability to move around easily. We think that gradually, we can position the city for that”
Earlier, Chief Wole Olanipekun thanked the Minister for the warmth reception granted the delegation and requested for the completion of the access road to the Body of Benchers Hall in time for its formal commissioning.
Also on the delegation were Vice Chairman of the body, Justice Mary Odili, former President Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, Justice Ishaq Bello, former Chief Judge of the FCT, Chairman, Council of Legal Education, Chief Emeka Ngige
Others were , the Attorney General of Katsina State, Mrs Asmau Mukhtar. Life Benchers, Chief A.S. Awomolo, Chief John Ochoga, Chief R.A Lawal Rabana, former Governor of Bauchi State, M.A Abubakar and Secretary, Body of Benchers Daniel Tela.
Also in attendance were the Chief of Staff to FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, FCTA General Counsel Mohammed Babangida Umar and SSA Legal and Multilateral Affairs to the FCT Minister, Barr. Lawal Yusuf.