The National Defence College (NDC), Abuja has been given two years notice within which to complete and move to their permanent site along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road), which is outside the Federal Capital City (FCC).
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed gave the quit notice just as he has intensified efforts at the demolition of illegal car wash and restaurants as well as other illegal structures in the federal capital Territory which he said has altered the master plan.
Giving the notice yesterday, when the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Patrick Agholor paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Area 11, Garki, Abuja, Mohammed said; “continuous stay in the heart of the FCC was an aberration considering the nature of their activities”.
The minister therefore urged the College “to accelerate the development of its permanent site to conform to the expectations of the Abuja Master Plan”.
Commending the Commandant for the visit, the minister noted that the siting of the premier military institution in the FCT indeed added value to Abuja, especially with security challenges in some parts of the country.
Mohammed promised to assist the institution to appeal to the Minister of Defence in order to make necessary budgetary provision to complete the permanent site, adding that in line with the monetisation policy of the government, the houses earlier given to them (NDC) to be used as participant dormitory would be sold to deserving Nigerians.