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Ministry: Earth tremors frequent in FCT, uncomfortable

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that the earth tremors observed in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was becoming more frequent than expected, describing the development as uncomfortable.

Earth tremors occurred around Abuja in September and November, 2018, creating serious anxiety among inhabitants of the capital city.

In a statement signed by Ishaku Kigbu, Special Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, however noted that the Federal Government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to fashion out a common front in tackling the challenge of earth tremors in the country.

According to the statement, the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) Earthquake Monitoring Command and Control Centre at Abuja noted that “it is very clear that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has great interest in the safety of the citizens of this great nation considering the immediate steps taken.

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“The incidents evoked a lot of anxiety, especially among those living around Mpape and Maitama, but it also accelerated the robust plan by government to establish the necessary geoscientific infrastructure to monitor and mitigate all aspects of both natural and anthropogenic hazards.

“Indeed, the Federal Government has since set up an inter-ministerial committee to fashion out a common front in tackling the challenge of earth tremors in Nigeria, which has become uncomfortably more frequent than expected” the statement noted.

According to the statement, various stakeholders including the Ministry of Science and Technology, NEMA, the FCT and University of Ife Seismic team and the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency among others had meaninful assessment towards understanding the mechanism of what the country is faced with in recent times.

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