FCTA advises against using the secretariat as a place to get drunk.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned against the use of the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture Complex in Garki, Abuja, as a drinking joint by shop owners.
Mr. Ibrahim Masari, the Mandate Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, FCTA, gave the warning during an emergency meeting with business operators and shop owners at the secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
He thereafter designated 7:30 p.m. as the daily closing hour for all business and shop owners operating within the complex due to security concerns.
He expressed dismay at the level of lawlessness that transpired within the secretariat when he paid an unscheduled visit to the complex around 7:10 p.m. on Oct. 29.
He explained that the visit was to affirm the veracity of the information at his disposal about the heinous acts that happen at the complex in the late hours of the night.
“To my dismay, I discovered more than 500 people within the complex at such late hours, enjoying themselves with alcoholic drinks and smoking indiscriminately.
“I was not aware of what the event or activity was all about, as there was no official communication whatsoever to that effect.
“After waiting patiently till about 8.30 p.m. with no signs of them exiting soon, I invited some of the private security guards on duty who accompanied me to disperse the gathering.
“This is very disturbing.
“Management will no longer condone a situation whereby non-staff and tenants in the secretariat will stay back after official closing hours to as late as 9 p.m.,” he said.
The mandate scribe said that the 7:30 p.m. closing hour would take effect on Thursday, advising members of the public to take note to avoid embarrassment from security personnel.
He stressed that the civil service rule forbids the sale of alcohol or any other intoxicating substances within working premises.
He added that an internal mechanism has been activated to sanction business owners who encourage such lawlessness and disregard for the existing rules.