FCT Minister seeks partnership to safeguard public investments

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

Residents of the Nigerian Capital Territory Administration have been called to support the government to safeguard public infrastructure by being vigilant to the activities of hoodlums bent on sabotaging the huge investments government is making to procure them.

The Territory Minister Malam Mohammed Musa Bello made the appeal in Abuja, the nation’s capital, while inspecting ongoing projects in the City.

He reiterated his Administration’s desire to deliver critical road, water and railway projects commenced by successive FCT Administrations but were stalled or abandoned.

Malam Bello lamented the sabotage by mean spirited persons who vandalize important components of public infrastructure before they are completed.

He expressed pain that there have been reports of the vandalism of bridge railings, manhole covers, electricity poles etc.

According to him, “the bright of side of the occasion was the evident surge of activities on various project sites, a testament that the Administration’s investment in ongoing projects is yielding positive dividends”.

Malam Bello while commending the various contractors handling the projects, expressed satisfaction that “the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) was coasting to an early completion by the end of the year. When finished, the 10 lane central drive way traversing A.Y.A, National War College and Ship House in Area 10, across to Games Village and stopping in Galadimawa, would stem traffic gridlock in the heart of the city”.

The Director of Engineering Service with the administration, Engr. Shehu Ahmad, while briefing the Minister, noted that these major Federal Capital City arterial roads would breathe a fresh air into the city and expressing optimism that they would bring about a dramatic improvement in the transportation, commercial and cultural lives of the city.

These projects, it could be recalled, had become a kind of indictment because they were regularly rolled over in annual budgetary estimates year in, year out, because of lack of cash backing. However, following the Administration’s policy of prudent management of resources nearly $58 million were paid to various contractors recently, making them return to site”, he stated.