Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday signed a contract worth the sum of N14, 000,724,277.76, with NAIRDA limited for the provision of engineering infrastructure to Gidan Daya urban renewal site, Kurudu district, in the Territory.
The provision of the infrastructure is expected to last for 36 months, so as to pave way for the relocation of the inhabitants of the Nyanya Labour camp, which was last year declared unfit for human habitation by the United Nations’ Habitat.
Peoples Daily reports that about 7,000 households is expected to relocate from Nyanya Labour Camp to Gidan Daya, when completed.
However, signing the contract on behalf of FCTA, the FCT minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, said it is the second step towards the relocation of the Nyanya labour camp, which is to improve the lives and the environment in that area.
She listed the facilities that would be provided to include: auxiliary facilities like schools, hospitals, police stations, fire service, markets, parks, recreation and sports areas.
Akinjide added that the project will be the first of many landmark projects that would transform the satellite towns and the lives of the ordinary workers in the Territory.
Disclosing that the project has the approval of the Federal executive council, she said that the President in council had approved it, without which cannot sign the contract for provision of engineering infrastructure to Gidan Gaya.
“Under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, we are now paying attention to the residents in the satellite towns; to the ordinary workers in this Territory, who are the backbone of this administration.
She however expressed hope that funds for the project which is to be received from the FCT statutory budget and SURE-P will be provided so that the project can be completed in time.
She charged the Satellite Town Development Authority (STDA) to have a very robust relationship with the stakeholders so as not to “give room to mischief makers”
In a remark, representative of, NAIRDA, Yair Segal, expressed confidence that the project will be completed within the stipulated time.
Segal however urged the ministry to find ways of expanding the access road to the site so as to enable them have easy access to the site.
His words: “Access to the place is very congested, that’s why we would need your help, so as to remove hindrances on the way.”