By Ben Adoga
The Goodluck Jonathan Expressway, Circle roads traversing the National Stadium, Villa and back to the stadium as well as the Greater Abuja Water works, including some critical infrastructure in satellite towns in Kubwa, Karshi and Bwari are to be completed this 2018 according to budgetary provisions and releases to the FCT Administration.
This revelation was given by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello when he was in the Senate last week to defend the over N40 billion estimate for the FCT Administration for 2018.
Musa Bello told the Senators that the estimate was in line with the N40.3 billion envelope given to the FCT as its National Priority Budget by the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
According to a press release signed by Cosmas Uzodinma, Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, “Bello said 27 critical infrastructure projects totalling N40,297,122.27 have been prioritized for action under the proposal. These include the B6, B12 and Circle roads traversing the National Stadium, Villa and back to the Stadium; the Greater Abuja Water Works project as well as the Extension of Goodluck Jonathan Expressway from the Central Bank/National Christian Centre to Galadimawa Roundabout”.
Provisions totalling N1.2 billion were also made for in infrastructure development at major satellite towns of Kubwa, Karshi and Bwari to help stave off the weight of expansion being witnessed in the city.
Bello who described the amount as very small said it tremendously affected the ability of the FCTA to discharge many of the infrastructure projects that are ongoing.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye lamented that the FCT National Priority Budget has been declining from N109 billion in the recent past to N30.4 in 2017 and N40.3 billion in 2018.
Senator Melaye noted that when foreigners come to Nigeria, many of them never get to visit other cities and the impression they have of Nigeria when they leave is what they see of Abuja. This, he said, necessitates adequate funding for the Capital City.