Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has promised to complete the Apo –Ara – Karshi road which has been abandoned since after the last administration, the Gudu roundabout overhead bridge, the ONEX bridges at AYA and the overhead bridge linking the WU Bassey Barracks axis among others.
Similarly, an estate development company has promised to build 1,500 houses in Abuja within three months.
The Minister gave his word when he stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will strive to complete all abandoned projects in the Federal Capital Territory to stimulate the desired economic activities.
This was contained in a press release signed by Muhammad Sule, Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister and made available to the AUTHORITY over the yesterday.
The AUTHORITY investigations reveal that apart from the Apo –Ara – Karshi road, work has resumed in most of the hitherto abandoned projects around the FCT.
Contractors have remobilised to most of the sites like the Gudu roundabout overhead bridge, the Outer Northern Express (ONEX) road project where the overhead bridge linking WU Bassey Barracks connects as well as the after AYA link bridge that connects the Central Business District in the City Centre.
Sule in his statement stated that the Minister made this known at the weekend when he, and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye paid an unscheduled visit to the Malaysian Gardens Estate.
He stated that Malam Bello reiterated that his Administration is already working to resolve problems stalling major projects in and around the Federal Capital City to ensure maximum utilisation.
“We will do our best to ensure that all abandoned projects in the Federal Capital Territory, be they private sector or government driven, they must be completed,” the statement read.
The statement also stated that “Malam Bello emphasised that each time a project is started and not completed, no matter how much money that is spent, it adds no value to the city, and for us in the city, we want projects to be completed for maximum benefits.”
He said that the completion of abandoned projects would engender economic activities in the city so that the purpose for which such huge expanse of land was allocated must have been achieved.
“We are a government that want to solve problems and I assure you these problems would definitely be solved,” the Minister declared.
Conducting the Minister and his delegation round the project site, the Chairman/Board of Directors of Global Formwork Limited (Malaysia Gardens), Evangelist George Nwachukwu said he was in Malaysia for 19 years before the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo invited him to come and invest in Nigeria.
According to him, the company has enough material on ground to complete 1,500 houses in 3 months at the Malaysia Gardens, if the FCTA gives them the needed approvals.