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Published On: Tue, Nov 28th, 2017

Infrastructural deficit: Bello advocates alternative funding

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

By Stanley Onyekwere

Worried by the slow pace provision of basic infrastructural facilities to various Districts of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has called for stakeholders’ collaboration to reverse the trend.
Bello lamented that the reoccurring problem have inadvertently slowed down the effort to further expand the Federal Capital City(FCC), in line with the Federal government policy on the Territory.
The Minister spoke yesterday, when he led a high powered officials of the FCT Administration to inspect ongoing works on provision of engineering infrastructures and services to Guzape and Jahi Districts of the Territory.
In particular, the Minister, who attributed the situation to the high cost of providing critical facilities such as roads and other functional engineering as well as services within most Districts within the FCC, admitted that government cannot provide the needed funds.
According to him, over the years, being frustrating government’s initiative to enhance living standards of residents in the Territory.
He therefore called for intervention of estate developers and other critical stakeholders, to support government to facilitate the provision of such basic facilities.
Earlier, Engineer Ben Simon, Chief Engineer Gilmor Nigeria Ltd (the construction company handling the projects), told the Minister that the company has never stop work on the site, despite Zero allocation for the project throughout a whole year.
He however admitted that they have slowed down the pace of work at the Guzape site, which was supposed to be completed within 12-13 months, but due to some hitches, it is not possible.
He therefore assured that with adequate funding, the company will double its efforts to execute the projects.

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