Following the recent rise in attacks and destruction of several properties owned by the government and private individuals, the federal government has finally decided to take a decisive approach to deal with criminals, who takes pleasure in vandalism of government infrastructure across the country.
In that regard, Oluwapolycarp gathered in a report from Channels Television that the federal government had earlier today held a town hall meeting on protection of public infrastructure in Abuja, the nation’s capital. This was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture, which is headed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
However, the meeting was attended by a couple of Ministers which include the minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami and a host of other ministers during the event.
Against this background, it should be noted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has over the past six years invested massively in quality infrastructure across different regions in the country despite the many challenges and lack of enough funds to implement more projects. However, efforts by the government to develop public infrastructure has been truncated by activities of vandals, who go about destroying those infrastructures which include rail lines, pipelines, Police stations and INEC offices especially in the Southeast.
Ministers at the event took turns to recount a number of infrastructures under their watch affected that worth billions of Naira. According to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, foreigners support the locals in the destruction of rail lines. He pointed out that a Chinese was caught in Jos, Plateau State vandalising rail lines alongside some Nigerians.
Having said that, the federal government should put necessary measures on the ground and develop a holistic approach to deal with those destroying the government infrastructures. In most cases, it has been reported that security personnel and foreigners have been found to connive with criminals in carrying out their crime.
Second, the laws should be strengthened to prosecute offenders who engage in the destruction of public property. This measure would checkmate the activities of these criminals who continue to destroy public assets worth billions of Naira.