From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Niger state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has said he observed with dismay that the original concept for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja has been abused that the country has to go back to the implementation of the original master plan.
Governor Aliyu also recalled that the FCT was created purposely as an administrative headquarters but has now combined the role with that of the commercial center of the nation.
Aliyu made the observations in Minna yesterday when he received on a courtesy call at government house the Minister of State for Agriculture Hajia Asabe Asmau Ahmed said that unlike what is contained in the master plan the contiguous states are to serve as the commercial centres with the federal government assisting to develop these states.
He said that Abuja has become congested as a result of the dual role the capital is now playing while the contiguous states are suffering.
“Abuja was not supposed to be a commercial centre we are suffering now for contributing to make Abuja”.
“FCT has become the only place where people want to be; we need to really decongest Abuja; we need to review the commercial nature of the FCT, by making sure that contiguous states really benefit”.