Written by Austine ELEMUE

STDD flags-off Abaji-Rubochi road rehabilitation

Satellite Towns Development Department, STDD, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration has flagged off Abaji-Rubochi 10.2 kilometers road rehabilitation at the cost of N49o million. 

The road project, our correspondent gathered, has been abandoned for over 32 years, thereby making transportation of goods and services difficult for residents of both Kuje and Abaji Area Councils. 

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, revealed that the administration has paid 15 percent mobilization fee to the indigenous construction firm, while assuring that up to date payment will not hinder the pace of work. 

The minister, who spoke through the Mandate Secretary, FCT Area Council Service Secretariat, Malam Adamu Bappai, also assured both Abaji and Kuje Area Councils that the administration will continue to pay emphasis on rural infrastructural development. 

According to him, "this road project is very significant to FCT Administration because of the connectivity of both Abaji and Kuje Area Council. When completed, it will reduce the pressure on the major highway, thereby making transportation of goods and services easier for rural dwellers. 

"It is amazing to note that this road was last constructed 32 years ago, and because of the deplorable condition of the road, farmers find it difficult to transport their farm produce to the larger markets. We are therefore committed to the completion of this project and other rural projects across the territory". 

Speaking at the palace of Esu Rubochi, the Coordinator of FCT Satellite Towns Development Department, STDD, Hon. Tanko Yamawo, pledged that his department was committed to rural infrastructural development in the Territory. 

The coordinator solicited the understanding of communities along the road corridor, stressing that for meaningful development to be achieved, there are tendencies that people will suffer some form of inconveniences. 

The royal father, HRH Ibrahim Pada, who was visibly elated pledged that the communities under his domain are prepared to render free services to the contractor handling the project aimed at completing the job on scheduled. 

"Most students in Government College and other educational institutions located in Rubochi do not return back after spending one academic session due to bad road. To worsen the situation, criminals take advantage of the poor road to rob innocent people. We therefore thank the FCT Minister and his team for the step taken to address our problem," Pada stated.    

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