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New guidelines for FCT parks to emerge soon -Runsewe

The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Segun Runsewe who doubles as the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on  Operation and  Management of Parks in the Federal Capital Territory has said that  new guidelines for the   peration of Parks within the FCT will soon emerge.

The NTDC DG while addressing stakeholders during a meeting, made this positionknown during  an interactive session organized by the Committee to create a  platform for Park Owners and the  Committee to rub minds and identify problematic  areas which include encroachment of land, allegations of illegal occupancy,  application for reallocation, erection of masts by    Telecommunication operators  in some Park sites, security issues, erosion, sewage and its attendant  healthhazard amongst others.

The DG further stated that the committee has been working hard by visiting  several Parks around the FCT even at night to ascertain the true status of things and will soon come out with a blue  rint to regulate the activities of  the Parks in the FCT.

Otunba Runsewe especially commended the Park Owners stating that they are helping to reducecrime by way of creating employment for people who otherwise  would have been idle. In   he words of the DG, “the essence of this meeting is toknow where the shoe pinches you the  Owners of Parks and find solutions to your   problems”.

He promised that the present FCT administration is committed toproviding solutions to the  problems Park Owners in the FCT face while stressing  that the committee which was inaugurated  at the instance of the Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed would do a thorough job to  that extent.

The NTDC Boss seized the opportunity to highlight the benefits of Parks and admonished Owners  to diversify in terms of the services they render in order to  fully explore the commercial benefits  that Ownership and operation confer on  them. He intimated that while some Parks will run all  night, others will cater for day_time relaxation.

Speaking further, Otunba Runsewe lamented the inadequacy of toilet facilities in some Parks  stressing that the number of toilets in a Park should be commensurate  to the size of the Park. He  further used the interactive session to entertain complaints from stakeholders and promised that  the Committee will be proactive  in providing solutions to the myriad of problems identified  adding that a new precedent was been set with the coming on board of the present administration.

The NTDC helmsman assured that the committee when making its submission to the FCT Minister  would ensure equity and fairness for all practitioners who operate within the ambit of stipulated  laws guiding the procurement and leasing of lands  for recreational activities as established by the  Federal Capital Territory  Administration (FCTA) and that guidelines for Park operators will be issued based on this.


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