Minister lauds $15m Korean school in Abuja

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

A 15 million dollar Korean Model school under construction in Abuja, Nigeria has been lauded by the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

The school is expected to bring about multilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the Korean government.

While receiving a delegation from the Korea International Cooperation Agency, led by the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-duk, in Abuja, the Minister said it was the largest bilateral project between the two countries.

Malam Bello noted that the school when completed would serve as a landmark and strengthen existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Korea.

He assured them that the Administration would strive to provide the counterpart fund as at when due, promising that the FCT Administration will give all the necessary support to make the project successful.

On his part,  the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-duk said that the Korean Government would build certain parts of the Model School, while the FCT Administration would handle other parts.

Mr. Kyu-duk said the programme was so unique in a way that it would serve as landmark in educational sector between Nigeria and the Korean Republic.

The Ambassador recalled that the electricity situation in the FCT was much better some twenty years ago, when Korea International Cooperation Agency, first came to Abuja, but regretted that the agency was now running on generators at present to sustain its activities.

Joint venture
Malam Bello disclosed that the FCT Administration was working at creating a special unit that would communicate directly with all the multilateral agencies and countries that are doing projects on joint venture.

He noted that the geometric rise in Abuja’s population was posing serious challenges in the areas of managing the city’s traffic movements, waste disposal and electricity generation.

The Minister therefore called on the Korean government to consider the possibility of investing in those areas to deepen its relationship with Nigeria.

“Electricity supply is a huge challenge and we need it for basic security issues like the street lights in the night, traffic lights for interchanges, as well as the hospitals and so many other areas.”

 “I can assure you that any project that any of the Korean companies is interested in doing to provide power, we are equally interested because power is needed now more than ever in the city for all the public facilities, we get the power from the national grid and it’s not enough,” Malam Bello emphasized.

Transport in Abuja
Speaking on public transportation in FCT, the Minister said running the Bus Rapid Transit system had been quite a challenge, as substantial numbers of the huge fleet of buses in the system were down and non-functional.

We are thinking that if we can get the company that is very experienced in managing urban mass transit system that uses buses, they may want to come in and we can go into partnership,” We own the bus company, but if we get serious investors, we can reduce the percentage of ownership because what we are interested is not to make money out of the business, but to improve the movement of the people within the city,” the minister added.

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