Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCDA bemoans slow work pace at Bwari resettlement sites

The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has expressed displeasure over the poor handling of projects at the Galuwyi- Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari Area Council.

Executive Secretary of the agency, Engr. Jubrin Umar, said he was not satisfied with the pace contractors were handling infrastructural projects such as access roads, electricity and water in the resettlement estate.

Umar, who gave this indication after inspecting facilities at the resettlement site, ordered contractors handling the projects to complete work according to specifications or have their contracts terminated.

He said the Authority will soon begin the eviction of illegal occupants of the facility who have not moved out even with the expiration of deadline earlier issued, as the Federal Capital Territory Administration was doing everything possible to commence the resettlement programme.

He announced that out of the nine communities earmarked for the scheme, the Jabi Yakubu Community will be the first to be resettled in no distance time as directed by the FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello.

“You can see the infrastructure also, the access roads not very good, not that work is not good at all but, the level of progress is not good. The water supply is on progress, you have seen the two boreholes have been drilled and will be completed in the next one week,” Umar said.

While conducting the executive secretary round the site, FCDA Director of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie, explained that the project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2, 266 houses and by 2009 only 1400 were completed while others were at various stages of completion.

Odigie however said, due to problems such as the non-payment of contractors, litigations among others led to the dilapidation and vandalization of the completed houses until 2017 when FCDA began rehabilitation to make them habitable ahead of the resettlement.

“The project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2266 houses and by 2009 we had about 1400 completed, then others were at various stages of completion. So there were problems along the line, problem of payment and so on and those who have not completed their award left the site and then the houses were vandalized, those that completed became deteriorated.

“In 2017, there was the move to rehabilitate those ones that we can take over. There was need to rehabilitate the houses so that we can move the communities back to their places", he noted.

Also speaking, Speaker of the Bwari Legislative Council, Julius Adamu, called on the federal government and the FCT Administration to provide basic infrastructure, including roads, water, electricity, schools and health facilities before the resettlement of the affected communities, noting that the present state of the camp was not descent for human occupation.

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