By Stanley Onyekwere
As part measures to upgrade unplanned areas of Abuja, the FCT Administration through its Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) has upped its efforts with award of contracts for detailed engineering design and preparation for the Abuja integrated infrastructure project in Orozo in the Abuja Municipal Area Council and some settlements in Kwali Area Council.
Our correspondent reports that the contract for Orozo slum upgrade was awarded to M/S Grid Design Associates, while that of Kwali Area council was awarded to M/S Alim And Associates.
It was gathered that the aim is to upgrade the slums, so that they can benefit from the same quality of infrastructure that is obtainable in the nation’s capital city centre.
Speaking during the Inspection exercise, the Director, Monitoring And Inspection, TpL Olawale Labiyi said the upgrade of slums in the nation’s capital city is a welcome development by the administration.
Labiyi noted that it remains a laudable initiative that will impact positively on the lives of the masses, and urged the contractors to expedite action on the project designs.
A statement from Head, Public Relations Unit, FCT Department of Monitoring And Inspection, Josie Mudasiru, said leader of the Team that inspected the designs, Engineer Ijirotimi Olanrewaju revealed that the scope of the work includes; carrying out of reconnaissance survey of the project area, planning design, preliminary and final engineering designs that will include roads, water, sewage and electricity.
Olanrewaju noted that the first step in achieving slump upgrade is the design stage that will appraise the current situation on ground and that is what the contractors are working on.
He added that the contractors are so far doing well as they have conducted stakeholders meetings, that have involved the villagers and community leaders to get their buy in.
He further noted that on previous area of challenge of compensation, the contractors have done well in bringing on board the communities so that they can help identify properties that will be affected by the upgrade.
According to the Team leader, the Consultants have started some work and we have been able to make our input as we discovered that there was no synergy with relevant departments like Urban And Regional Planning (URP).
“We are all aware that communities like Orozo, Kwali and others in Abuja have unplanned developments and the plan of government is provide Infrastructure that is commensurate to that in the City Centre.”
“Department Of Urban And Regional Planning are the agency charged with the responsibility of integrating the end product of the design into the Masterplan,” he stressed.