…. Says it’s attitudinal, not professional problem
By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has decried the ‘monumental’ distortion of the Abuja Masterplan, resulting in seemingly endless chaotic traffic, building mishaps and flooding situations bedeviling the city.
Making this assertion, FCDA Executive Secretary, Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin, blamed the distortion of the Abuja Master plan on attitudinal, and less of professional disposition of citizens to the development of the city.
Jibrin, who spoke during a courtesy visit to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria ( COREN), noted that Abuja, as creation of the law, as stipulated by decree 6 of 1976, clearly specified things must be done in conformity with the Masterplan uniquely designed for FCT particularly the Federal Capital City (FCC).
He however warned that FCDA is ready to not just demolish but to make such that every activity in the FCC in particular and the Territory at large is done in conformity to the Abuja master plan.
“FCT has master plan, so everything you do in FCT particular the federal capital city has to be in conformity with that master plan and we have that responsibility to make sure that whatever on ground in city conforms to that master plan.
“Like I said, you have a master plan that specifies how you do things, but the moment you deviate, that alone is an indication that there will be failure in whatever you want to do.
“The numerous vices that we have in the city, largely they are not failures on the part of the services that are delivered by the professionals, it has to do more with our own attitudes as citizens. It is not because the infrastructure is not good.
“Abuja is still a construction site, many people lose sight of the fact that a lot of the connectivity issues with our transport system are not in place, and that makes movement a bit challenging.
“But if we are law abiding and we follow regulations, especially on how we move around within the city, there won’t be any cause for worry,” he stressed.
He continued: “We have had to interact with so many engineering contractors, development partners, consultants in delivering the to the residents of FCT.
“I want to assure you that we would remain resolute as professionals to give service to FCT residents and to humanity.”
Furthermore, the FCDA boss explained that the visit was to solicit for the cooperation of COREN as the regulator of all branches of the engineering professionals considering the position of the FCDA as the builders of Abuja.
On his part, the COREN President, Engr. Ali Rabiu, noted that for a city like Abuja, there are bound to be challenges, hence the need for the stakeholders to adhere to best practices.
Rabiu however called on FCDA to ensure adequate maintenance of infrastructure especially street light to enhance security of live and properties in FCT.
While thanking the FCDA Executive Secretary and his team for the visit, the COREN President commended them” for the great work that you are doing which involves planning and provision of necessary infrastructure and of course the management of a city like Abuja.”
Recall that FCT residents have continued to experience flood disasters, which resulted to the loss of several lives including the recent death of Director of Finance, FCT High Court, Tony Okecheme, in Galadimawa and destruction of properties worth millions of naira in several parts of the city.