As the year 2014 wraps up today, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed has said that the year has been so nice to the residents of the because President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration has fulfilled its transformational promises.
According to the Minister, who asserted this yesterday in Abuja, while giving an overview of the year 2014, said President Jonathan Administration completed and commissioned 10 projects in the FCT within the period.
Mohammed revealed that one of such projects is the construction of the multi-billion-naira Phases III & IV (20,000m/hour), Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plants which no doubt has since drastically improved water supply to the Federal Capital City and its environs.
The Minister added that during the outgoing year, the government has also completed the infrastructure to Katampe District Extension project.
He noted that the government has further achieved the upgrading of existing engineering infrastructure to Apo/Garki Resettlement Village, Abuja (Lot II-Water supply) as well as upgrading of existing engineering infrastructure to Apo/Garki Resettlement Village, Abuja (Lot I-Road Works).
The Minister reiterated that the Administration has also completed the construction of Flyover Bridge at Mogadishu cantonment in addition, to the design of engineering infrastructure and production of Tender documents to Kyami District.
During the same year, Senator Mohammed said that President Jonathan’s Administration approved a new systems infrastructure for the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) to enhance revenue generation and block losses.
“The idea was muted due to the incessant reports of proliferation of illegal survey documents, violation of the IT systems by fraudulent persons making the government to lose a whopping sum of over N10 billion annually.
“The FCT Administration has launched new AGIS Systems infrastructure to block the menace; these fraudulent activities have led to cases of double allocations, land racketeering and forgery with estimated racketeering business at over N10 billion,” he stressed.
Furthermore, the Minister stated the FCT Executive Committee reorganized the Abuja Central Medical Stores to enhance the procurement, storage and distribution of drugs, laboratory reagents, medical gases and other specialized medical items to all FCT Administration Hospitals.
He adds: “The approval is to further ensure regular supply of quality and cost effective medical supplies to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory in consonance with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
The Minister emphasized that the FCT Administration within this year formulated and came out with FCT Waste Management Policy to holistically manage both solid and liquid waste within the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory.
Mohammed further revealed that the policy enables the FCT Administration manage various forms of waste not only in the Federal Capital City but also in the six Area Councils including the Satellite Towns in consonance with the vision of the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan.
On the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project, the Minister explained that the Federal Government paid the sum of N10 billion from its 2014 SURE-P as counterpart funding which has drastically pushed the project to appreciable stage.
He recalled that the year 2014 saw the commissioning of 100 new high capacity buses to expand the fleet of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company (AUMTCO) as well as 300 SURE-P Taxis being the 1st phase of peoples’ oriented scheme.
Mohammed also stated that the Administration has inaugurated a 14-Member White Paper Committee on Mass Housing Scheme to revolutionalize the sector and give it the character and direction it desires in conformity with the Abuja Master Plan.
He noted that the Abuja Centenary City and the about 10,000 Units of various types of houses under the Nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme were flagged off by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during the year 2014.
In the same vein, to protect the Abuja Master Plan and encourage harmonious development in the Territory, the Minister remarked that the FCT Administration during the year reconstituted the FCT Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal.
“The Administration also inaugurated the Board for Community and Social Development Project and released the sum of N100 million, in order to uplift the standard of living of the less-privileged residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
“To reduce unemployment in FCT, the FCT Administration has graduated 227 youths trained on different vocational skills to harness their potentials,” he said.
Also, during the year, he said the Board of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) approved the immediate re-structuring of the Authority for greater efficiency, which led to the creation of a new department.
It would be recalled that during the year, for the first time, the FCT minister inaugurated a Special Task Team on the city cleaning and management, which secured conviction and sentencing of 25 Okada riders to jail without option of fines.
Also, it officially reported a structural engineer (not a Staff of FCTA) to the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), which has earned the Engineer one-year suspension.