We Have Kept Our Promises To FCT Residents, Says Bello

We Have Kept Our Promises To FCT Residents, Says Bello

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said the present Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has largely accomplished promises made to Nigerians and indeed, FCT residents, when it came on board.

Bello made this known when a delegation of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement visited him on Thursday in Abuja.

The minister recalled that he had told Nigerians that the administration would be concentrating on the completion of critical infrastructure and public utility projects.

He announced to the delight of the members that by 2018 most of these projects would exit the budget.

The minister said evidence of this could be gleaned from the major arterial roads into the city that had been completed and some of the major secondary roads traversing major sections of Abuja.

Bello noted that one project that had been at the heart of many residents was the Abuja Light Rail Project, which had been significantly completed.

He said the administration had commenced the process of procuring the main rolling stock.

According to the minister, the tracks have been done.

Twelve stations along the track have been completed. We have started procurement of the rolling stock, the wagons and so on.

“We now have a set of rolling stock that is enough for us to start what we call trial phase.

“This is where our Nigerian engineers, staff and coach drivers will work together with the Chinese contractors for a number of months before the real rolling stocks will arrive,’’ he said.

Bello said the administration was considering the option of opening up new districts in the territory to ease pressure on the city.

He explained that the embargo placed on land allocation in the last two years was to clear up issues of double allocation as well as allocation without consideration for infrastructure.

“We are working to open up new phases with a view to decongesting the city.

“We have not done any land allocation within the last two years because we set up a committee trying to redress so many of the issues that we inherited.

“The FCTA wants to address the issue where allocations were done without any plan whatsoever for infrastructure, either in the short term, medium term or even in the long term,’’ he said.

Bello confirmed that the FCT administration was able to cover all the issues now.

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