The Federal Secretariat in Minna, Niger State has been taken over by weeds, with trees within its perimeter left to over grow.
Our correspondent noticed that grasses have covered the premises of the secretariat, except for only the tarred access road, which is already becoming deplorable.
The Federal Secretariat houses federal ministries and agencies with branches in the state such as Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Ministry of Environment, National Bureau of Statistics, National Educational Research and Development Council, Legal Aid Council, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and National Teachers Institute among others.
The situation is worst at back of the premises with grasses stretching to the main structure and covering all available space.
Daily Trust observed that the weeds now also cover the drainage system and could block free flow of rain and threaten the structure and the occupants.
The two surface water tanks which are supposed to provide water to the offices were also covered by the weeds.
Some workers and visitors take advantage of the overgrown weeds to urinate within the perimeter, even as our correspondent learnt that the existing toilet facilities are inadequate.
It was noticed that refuse is dumped at two locations within the premises.
Also, broken down vehicles belonging to some ministries and agencies are left to rust away at the secretariat’s packing space.
Daily Trust observed that the entire structure is in dire need of rehabilitation. Some of the windows are broken.
Our correspondent learnt that there is no direct water supply to the secretariat; each of the agencies and ministries rely on vendors for their daily water needs.