Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has called for a review of laws of the FCT to address the present reality.
The minister made this call on Tuesday when the acting Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Mr. Kefas Musa Magaji, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Malam Bello lamented that most laws in the Federal Capital Territory have become obsolete, thereby making the running of the city centre very difficult.
The minister reiterated that the FCTA needs the review of these laws to make it more stringent and to enable it cope with the influx of people into the territory.
According to him, when the laws are more stringent, offenders are made to face the consequences of their actions or inactions, thereby serving as deterrent.
The minister frowned at a situation where law breakers in the FCT are for instance, given N2,000 option of fine which can easily be paid on the spot, adding that the development and growth of Abuja ought to be matched with vibrant laws that are stringent enough to deter offenders.
“The penalty in FCT laws are not in tandem with the realities of our time and therefore not serving as a deterrent as it is supposed to be.”
He noted that FCT laws ought to be reviewed to help, guide and assist city managers; adding that Abuja is the only city in the federation that is a product of law and should be well guided by law to function well.
Bello praised the efforts of the commission; saying “ the FCT Administration values and will support any institution that adds value to the well-being of the society”.
Speaking earlier, acting chairman of the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission said laws need to be reviewed every ten years to conform with the present reality, as there is no way the society will move forward when the laws are still backward.
He recalled that the commission last reviewed FCT laws in 2006, pointing out that such laws are due for re-evaluation.

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