Tight security arrangement in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in the days when the Boko Haram sect carried out frequent attacks in Abuja, have been relaxed.
When Nigerian Pilot visited some MDAs, the usual scanning and scrutiny of visitors and contractors were no longer observed by security personnel and other officials at the gates of the organisations.
At the Federal Ministry of Transport, the hitherto compact security arrangement was loose as the usual check on vehicles with electronic gadgets to confirm whether there are harmful objects or explosives in such vehicles was not observed. Visitors who were also usually checked before being allowed into the complex now freely move in.
In fact, both the entrance and the exit to the ministry were flung open during the working hours when Nigerian Pilot visited the area.
A member of staff of the ministry, who sought anonymity, said that the scanning machines bought by the management for about N58million to check people coming into the ministry was no longer put into use.
At the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the situation is not different as security personnel no longer scrutinise people entering the ministry.
Security measures like documentation of names, addresses, officials to see, purpose of visit among others, are no longer enforced.
Similarly, security at the gate of the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO in Mabushi, Abuja is loose, compared to what obtained in the complex about three months ago.
Visitors and persons visiting for official transactions such as the renewal of vehicle particulars and applications for drivers’ licenses freely troop in and out of the building.
At the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, also in the FCT, the security arrangement was poor as non-officials of the organisation walk in and out without any interrogation or check by any personnel.
The situation is however different at the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, in Garki, where officials still enforce security checks on visitors.
Nigerian Pilot observed that the NCPC management sends names of visitors to the security men at the gate on a daily basis and if your name is not on the list, the visitors will not be allowed into the premises for any business.

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