FCTA Perm. Sec., Mr. Olusade Adesola and Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jian Chun, exchanging pleasantries, during the former’s visit to the Ambassador in Abuja.
By: Tony Odey
To further strengthen the mutual collaborations between the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the People’s Republic of China, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Olusade Adesola, has called on the Chinese Government to assist the Federal Capital Territory Administration to complete the remaining segment of 5.76km of Lot 1A Kubwa end of Abuja Rail Mass Transit to ease the movement of commuters in the area.
The Permanent Secretary is optimistic that upon completion, the Project would improve mobility and shore up the revenue profile of the Administration as well as reduce traffic congestion around that region.
The Permanent Secretary made this call when he paid a visit to Chinsese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jian Chun, in his residence, 301 Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja.
While commending the Chinese Government for its prompt intervention in the area of installation of traffic lights across different intersections in the nation’s capital city, Adesola stressed that the intervention will assist immensely to address the menace of traffic gridlock in the Territory.
Harping on areas of investments and opportunities available in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary also called on China to take advantage of the Administration’s Livestock Project in Paikon-Kore in Gwagwalada Area Council to invest in livestock farming as well as planting of special trees.
Responding, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jian Chun, pledged to support the FCT Administration in the areas of security, infrastructural development, agriculture, food security and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Chun, who described Abuja as relatively secure for investment and business, revealed that as part of effort to industrialize the economy of the Territory, China is investing heavily in electricity.
Speaking broadly, he further explained that the relationship between China and Nigeria have continued to grow on different frontiers, particularly in the areas of trade, exchange of technical ideas, ICT and economic development.