By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has directed the contractors handling infrastructural projects at the Galuwyi- Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari Area Council, to hasten up the project.
Galuwyi-Shere Resettlement Housing scheme project started in 2005; with the intention to build 2, 266 houses by 2009 but 1,400 houses were completed while others are at various stages of completion.
The FCDA Executive Secretary, Engr Umar Jibrin gave the directives when he visited the project site with the executive management committee for an inspection.
Jibrin who expressed displeasure over the poor handling of infrastructural projects such as access roads, electricity and water in the resettlement estate, called on the contractors to work according to specification or have their contracts terminated.
He said FCDA would soon begin the eviction of illegal occupants of the facility who have not moved out even with the expiration of deadline earlier issued to them, as the Federal Capital Territory Administration was doing everything possible to commence the resettlement programme.
According to him, the nine communities have been earmarked in the first phase of the scheme, commencing with Jabi Yakubu Community in a no distance time as directed by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello.
“The communities initially were seven and now nine but right now we are talking of the first one to move, Jabi Yakubu. We have seen the number of houses that are there, close to 100, precisely 94 including Chief’s own, 95.
“You can see the infrastructure, also the access roads not very good, not that work is not good at all but, the level of progress is not good. The water supply is on progress, you have seen the two boreholes have been drilled and will be completed in the next one week. The electricity we are looking at the possibility of extending from Bwari or Mpape”, Umar said.
While conducting the Executive Secretary round the site, FCDA Director of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie explained that the project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2, 266 houses and by 2009 only 1400 were completed while others were at various stages of completion.
Odigie however said, due to problems such as the nonpayment of contractors, litigations among others led to the dilapidation and vandalization of the completed houses until 2017 when FCDA began rehabilitation to make them habitable ahead of the resettlement.
“The project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2266 houses and by 2009 we had about 1400 completed, then others were at various stages of completion. So there were problems along the line, problem of payment and so on and those who have not completed their award left the site and then the houses were vandalized, those that completed became deteriorated.
“In 2017, there was the move to rehabilitate those ones that we can take over. There was need to rehabilitate the houses so that we can move the communities back to their places”, he noted.
Also, the Speaker of Bwari Legislative Council, Julius Adamu urged the Federal Government and the FCT Administration to provide basic infrastructure, including roads, water, electricity, schools and health facilities before the resettlement of the affected communities, noting that the present state of the camp was not descent at the moment for human occupation.