N/Assembly: We are committed to protecting public property
He said that it was their mandate and oversight function as parliamentarians to ensure that the village and other government properties were protected.
This, he explained, prompted National Assembly intervention.
“We have been briefed on the illegal activities going on in the closed arts and crafts village and it is our duty to protect the village.
“This village is the only cultural village the nation has, and globally cultural villages are where tourists shop for arts and crafts, so we are committed in making sure the village is protected from hoodlums and criminals, among others.
“We are endowed with rich cultural heritage and this is the only place we can showcase our God given heritage and any attempt for continuous encroachment will warrant a call for public hearing
“No individual is bigger than government and we will ensure that lives and properties are protected when the village is re-opened,” he said.
The chairman however commended the management of NCAC for continuous doggerdness in securing the village and the Inspector General of Police for their support in safe guarding the village.
Runsewe also said that its management was fighting to retain the village for the benefits of Nigerian children.
He noted that the nearly completed arts and crafts village have 165 shops already and assured that the place would be fully secured when opened for business.
According to him, the village have an upgrade in its facilities such as 20 toilets compared to previous three toilets, pharmaceutical shop, a barber shop and a photo shop.
He further said that law and order must be maintained in the village upon opening, adding that there must be time for resumption and closing.
He also commended the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, for his support and prompt intervention in safeguarding the village.
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