The FCT Administration looks to ensure that the much anticipated review of the Abuja Master Plan takes off soon, in order to tackle challenges affecting the development of the city.
The Administration particularly observed that some of the challenges being faced now were not envisaged by the planners of the Territory, hence its resolve to use the opportunity of the review of the master plan to take care of them.
According to the FCT Minister, Abuja has increased beyond the imagination of the planers and that this has challenged the FCT Administration in terms of development.
Bello spoke through the Director, Human Resources Department of the FCTA, Hajiya Amina Abubakar, at the weekend, during an annual retreat for journalists covering the Administration’s activities.
He however stressed the need for increased public awareness on the Abuja Master Plan, to bolster people’s support for its efficient implementation.
The Minister therefore called on journalists to educate residents on the master plan and let them know the need for the review and any other issues, effect and impact the review would create.
He equally called on all residents to seek all necessary information from the appropriate authorities before embarking on any development, so as to avoid risk of removal.
In the same vein, a Lecturer, Political Science Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Mr. Christian Okeke, who delivered a lead paper on the topic “The Role of the Media in the Review of the Abuja Master Plan”, noted that the nation’s capital architectural Blueprint was long overdue for review.
He opined that the government should support the media to adequately carry out its critical role in the efficient and effective handling of the Abuja Master Plan.
Our correspondent reports that other papers delivered at the occasion are: “The Socia -Economic Impact of Urban Renewal, delivered by Mukhtar Galadima, Director, Development Control; and “Tailoring the Master Plan to Meet the Abuja of our Dreams,” by Dr. Yahaya A. Yusuf, former Director Development Control (now of the Faculty of Environmental Design, Baze University, Abuja).
Also speaking, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el – Rufai, represented by his SA (Media), Muyiwa Adekeye noted that matters concerning the Abuja Master plan was dear to him, as one time Minister and one who started the restoration of the plan, by and embarking on tough reforms that has helped the development of the city.