Stakeholders will soon brainstorm on the status of the Abuja Master Plan.
This follows the FCT Administration’s hint that they will soon organise the gathering of experts and other stakeholders to brainstorm on the Abuja Master Plan and draw a road map for how Abuja should be in the future.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, made this disclosure last week while receiving members of the Nigeria Mining and Geo Sciences Society led by its President, Professor Gbenga Okunlola that paid him a courtesy visit in his in Abuja.
The Minister said that the experts and stakeholders would discuss the city to have a consensus on how they want Abuja to be in about 20 years from now and beyond.
Malam Bello remarked that the present FCT Administration is jealously guarding the implementation of the Abuja Master Plan, noting that some of the wrongs perpetuated in the in the past are being corrected.
“Since we came on board, we have always insisted on going back to the basics to safeguard, for instance, green areas for tourists attractions for the present and future generations.”
According to him, plots of land previously allocated on rock formations or near rock formations in the Federal Capital City have been put on hold to be preserved for future generations.
“It is our duty to protect and preserve such areas like rock formations, green areas and others that can be of immense attraction to tourists in the Federal Capital Territory,” he added.
The Minister described mining as very important to Nigeria because government is determined to develop that sub sector to rip in the needed foreign exchange.
He assured that the Nigeria Mining and Geo Sciences Society would be part of the experts and stakeholders to brainstorm on the Abuja Master Plan and the future of Abuja.
Speaking earlier, the President of the Nigeria Mining and Geo Sciences Society, Professor Gbenga Okunlola who said his delegation was in Federal Capital Territory to inform the Minister of the forthcoming 53rd conference of the society scheduled for Abuja on 23rd March 2017, remarked that the society is one of the oldest professional bodies in Nigeria, inaugurated in 1961.
The President commended the present FCT Administration for the high level of security in the city as well as its efforts in completing the abandoned road projects. “The level of adherence to the Abuja Master Plan is also commendable”, he added.
He, however, urged the Minister to engage the services of the Society as the FCT Administration plans to embark on the geological maps upgrade and review of the Abuja Master Plan.
Professor Okunlola revealed that building failures in the FCT are mostly due to geological factors.