A committee has been set up by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to review submission of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)’s comprehensive reports on on-going projects in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja
This was one of the decisions reached at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, yesterday.
According to a report in Thisday newspaper, FCT Minister, Adamu Aliero, briefed newsmen that:
“After deliberation, a committee, comprising minister of national planning, FCTA, Minister of Works and Housing and three other ministers, were set up to review the entire submission.
In the review, they will propose mode of funding and arrive at a realistic and achievable targets, so that the projects can be completed.
“These projects have been pending in the last one and half years. Successive ministers had not submitted them to the council for approval and work had been stalled. We badly need these projects because we don’t want to have any abandoned project in the FCT.
“These projects are engineering projects and will provide engineering infrastructure in Jabi, Karishi, Idu industrial area, Bwari, Kubwa, water projects in Lower Usman Dam, Tam One and Six and three others. We have also included the cultural centre, which had been very controversial project since it was started, but today we took a bold step to also submit it to the council,” he said.
Aliero said, “we are committed to completing all on-going projects whether in the FCT or satellite towns, this is why this report was submitted and in three weeks, we would be deliberating on how best we could complete them and we will come back to the council with our reports.”
On the plan to open up the city, Aliero said the FCTA was proposing opening up of four districts. “We wouldl provide the necessary engineering infrastructure equivalent to what we have in Maitama, Asokoro, Wuse and Jabi.
Memo will soon be presented to the council seeking approval for the projects I mentioned earlier and once that is done, I can assure you that we will decongest the city and will also lower the cost of housing.
Right now rent is high and houses are very expensive simply because infrastructure in the city are over stretched and there is room for expansion. It is for that reason we decided to open four districts, Jahi, Wuye, Maitama extension and Abuja North West.
“We have already commenced procuring process. We have gotten the approval of Bureau for Public Procurement,we are now in the process of tendering and immediately we finish, we will send it back to the BPP to ensure there is no objection before we come to the council,” he said.
The FCT Minister also assured that the slow pace of work at the AYA flyover in the FCT was not as a result of delay in payments. “There no problem with the project on the flyover at AYA. It was awarded to Dantata and Sawoe and they might have contracted it out to a subcontractor which is quite normal. I can assure you that we have paid all their certificates to date, they are going on steadily without any problem whatsoever, ” he affirmed.