Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello set to open up new districts in Abuja

At last, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has given indication that his administration will soon open up new districts with a view to easing pressure on the city. 

Bello, who made this disclosure in Abuja when a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement paid him a working visit, stressed that the embargo that was placed on land allocation in the last two years was done to clear up issues of double allocation as well as allocation without consideration for infrastructure that his administration inherited. 

He stated, “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 and also areas where allocations were done without any plan whatsoever for infrastructure, either in the short term, medium term or even in the long term. But we have been able to cover all that now." 

The minister also stated that his administration has kept to promise of completion of critical infrastructure and public utility projects across the territory, while recalling that he had told Nigerians that the administration would be concentrating on the completion of critical infrastructure and public utility projects. 

Bello revealed to members that by 2018 most of these projects would exit the budget, adding that evidence of this could be seen from the major arterial roads into the city that have been completed as well as some of the major secondary roads traversing major sections of the city. 

He noted that one project that has been at the heart of many residents has been the Abuja light rail project which he announced has been significantly completed, adding that the administration has commenced the process of procuring the main rolling stock. 

Earlier in his remarks, Chairman, House committee on Procurement, Hon. Oluwole Oke commended the minister for his forthrightness, saying the country would be a lot better if had other ministers with similar attributes as Bello. 

“Let me commend the minister. I feel highly honoured and I want to say that if every minister behaves the way you behave, I think this country will be a better place. I’ve met your colleagues and other senior members of this government and if there is any minister, a lieutenant of Mr. President that is upright, that is truthful, it’s the minister of the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.   


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