The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has expressed satisfaction with the pace of work at the Guzape II District Infrastructure Project.
Malam Bello made this disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, during an inspection tour of ongoing infrastructural works at the Guzape District near the city centre, Abuja. The Minister also used the occasion to appeal for more private sector participation in Abuja infrastructure development.
He stressed that the expensive nature of infrastructural projects in the FCT means that private investments are urgently required to bridge the huge infrastructural gap in the capital city.
He said the situation now in Abuja is different from 30 years ago when people were being encouraged to come into the city and it made a lot of sense for government to provide infrastructure.
The Minister lamented that the level of infrastructure development in most districts has not matched with housing development, as many plot owners have gone in to develop their properties no minding the level of infrastructure development.
He remarked, “this is something that requires us to really sit down as stakeholders, not just the FCT Administration but all developers. Development of the city by just mere allocation of plots without giving cognizance to costing and proving funding for infrastructure does not help the city and that’s why you see the city has so many districts with hundred percent completed houses without infrastructure.
While explaining the progress of work on the Guzape Lot II, Phase II, the Managing Director, Gilmor Engineering, Eli Goldhar said the company is doing three major areas, namely Areas 105, 109 and the Diplomatic Area.
He said they were currently working on the Diplomatic Area, adding that most of the roads are already done and all the underground services have been placed on ground in the two other areas of 105 and 109.
The Phase I of the project he explained, has been completed except some few places that are still left to do the second layer of asphalt, which is the only part that is not done because of the activities there.