Our dev’t scorecard impressive – FCDA boss
The Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Engr. Adamu Ismaila, has disclosed that their development scorecard in infrastructural development remains impressive in view of resource challenge.
Ismaila explained that in comparison to other developing cities around the world, Abuja has been rated as one of the fastest growing cities in world, even as he advocated for private sector initiative for faster development and less financial burden on government.
The FCDA boss, who spoke to our correspondent in an exclusive interview last Thursday, commended successive FCT administrations for looking inward to finance capital projects outside the annual budgetary provision.
“In fact, I am satisfied with the pace of development. Though, we have not gotten to Eldorado, but I must tell you that no city of the world has gotten to its peak of development.
“Every city develops at its own pace. However, if you place infrastructural development in the Federal Capital Territory side by side with other cities of the world, you will agree with me that we have made impressive progress in view of the budgetary provision available to us.
“Initially, it is the responsibility of government to develop the city through budgetary provision, but successive governments realised that with prevailing economic realities, government cannot do it alone, hence private sector involvement. And I must tell you, very honestly, that the private sector initiative has paid off, as we can see in the Sunrise Estate opposite Mogadishu military barracks being developed by Setraco Nigeria Limited. We have other developed estates in the city that are private sector driven.
“Essentially, government should concentrate on the development of the satellite towns for the middle income class," Ismaila stated.
Commenting on the alleged contract inflation rocking the FCDA, Ismaila used the occasion to debunk such allegations, stating that it is practically impossible for him or any director to inflate contracts.
"I am happy you brought up this knotty issue of alleged contracts’ inflation. Let me tell you, honestly, as the Chief Executive Officer that nobody in FCDA has the power to inflate any contract with the Procurement Act in place. It is practically impossible.
“However, I am not surprised when people peddle such rumours because to many people outside the administration, anything that happens in any of the mandate secretariats or departments, they will blame it on FCDA. In other words, people mistake other agencies for FCDA.
"I have never awarded any contract as Executive Secretary to anybody. And let me tell that the FCDA is a responsible organisation and therefore, is always available for enquiries especially on such sensitive issues from members of the media. I want to reiterate that the audit process which the journalist relied on has since been completed and the information can be accessed in the office of Auditor General of the Federation."