FCT Minister Flags Off Maitama II District Infrastructure …over 3,500 Jobs Expected

By: Wisdom Acka

Outgoing Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello, over the weekend, performed ground breaking for commencement of work on the provision of engineering infrastructure in Maitama II District.

Performing the exercise, Bello revealed that the N184 billion will open up the Federal Capital City to accommodate the increasing population of the nation’s capital, Abuja when completed.

The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary FCT Administration, Olusade Adesola, said the engineering infrastructure project marked the conclusion of the administration’s actualisation map of developing the Territory.

He said the Maitama II District, which covers 780 hectares of land mass on the hills of Mpape, will have presidential resort as one of the features to be accommodated.

Bello noted that the administration is conscious of its responsibility to the residents of FCT, for the continuous provision of the requisite engineering infrastructure necessary for the growth of residential, commercial and social services.

He acknowledged the keen interest of the National Assembly in supporting the Administration in all stages that led to the approval and award of the contract.

His words: “We are committed to ensuring sustainable funding of the project from our Internally Generated Revenue and other sources”.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Shehu Hadi-Ahmed revealed that the contract was awarded to Messrs Dantata & Sawoe Nig. Ltd at the contract sum of N184,366,505,342.50, with a completion period of 48 months.

He stated that the District, which was planned for a mixed development with provision for a Presidential resort, amongst others, would generate 3,200 direct and indirect skilled and unskilled jobs.

“It is bounded to the North by Mpape, to the South by Gurku District and the Army Baarracks, to the West by Maitama Extension District and to the East by FCT/Nasarawa State

“In line with the provisions of the Abuja Master Plan, infrastructure development of the city is being developed progressively to meet-up with the rate of expansion of the City, as well as availability of funds,” he said.

According to him, scope of work for the project include site clearance and earthworks, road works storm water drainage system, culverts of various sizes, water drainage system, water distribution network, power supply and street-lighting, as well as conduits for telecommunication network.

Managing Director, Dantata & Sawoe, Udo Heidschuster, after receiving the site, urged the community to corporate with the company to fast track its completion.

Heidschuster assured FCT Administration that his company would deliver quality job on time.