Monday 25th September, 2017
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Stakeholders brainstorm on Abuja Master Plan

Stakeholders brainstorm on Abuja Master Plan

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.