The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, (FCTA) Mr. Christian Ohaa has praised the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for unlocking the economic potentials of the Federal Capital Territory.
His words, “the Administration has risen above the temptation to latch unto white elephant new projects, but rather chose the unpopular path of driving to completion, abandoned and ongoing infrastructure projects that have unlocked the economic potentials and improved the physical outlook of the city.”
Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa made this declaration while welcoming media men and guests at the media briefing by the FCT Minister to mark the Administration’s two years in office. He also eulogised the it for the much it accomplished outside the hype of publicity.
The occasion was a time for stock taking as the FCT Minster, along with the Mandate Secretaries and heads of agencies regaled media representatives with a catalogue of accomplishments. These include the over N73 Billion which, through the path of prudence, had been paid to both local and foreign contractors as well as the completion of the obligation of N17.4 billion for the phase one of the Abuja Light Rail project. According to stakeholders, these payments saved jobs and injected life in the FCT economy.
Besides other known projects, it was disclosed that the Administration would soon commence construction of the 55km OSEX (Outer Southern Express Road) leading from Apo/Wasa to Gwagwalada across Kuje. It has re-energised the drug revolving fund scheme with a total of N2.94 billion and has so far paid over N349 Million towards the construction of the 220-bed Gwarimpa General Hospital almost abandoned some years back.
In his contribution at the occasion, the Managing Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Malam Tukur Arabi, revealed that FCT was setting up One-Stop-Shopping-Centre for MSMEs as a major outcome of the Nationwide MSME Clinics it held in Abuja, in July this year in collaboration with the Presidency. The centre, he noted, is designed to provide a single roof for all business regulatory agencies like NAFDAC, CAC and SMEDAN among others, so as to facilitate easy access to these agencies by business start-ups thereby enhancing the Ease of Doing Businessin the Territory.
Dr. Isa Jalo, the Director of Abuja Geographic Information Systems -AGIS disclosed that the agency would soon leveraging cloud technology to ensure customer interface and interoperability with sister agencies. Over 1800 copies of cleared Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O) have been signed and ready for collection while 451 Consents of Assignments and subleases have also been signed. On the whole, FCTA hopes to realize nearly N4.00 Billion from these Cs of O, Consents and subleases when they are collected.
The Administration, pursuant to its commitment to join the league of Smart Cities has granted a free use of right-of-way to Messrs Galaxy Backbone to lay fibre-optics infrastructure through existing telecom ducts in the city. This is intended to serve as a prelude to the implementation of the e-governance policy of the Federal Government.
Other milestones in this direction include a collaboration with the UNESCO and Samsung in an ongoing 3-month Information Technology boot-camp tagged “Youth Mobile.Participants drawn from the grassroots are being trained in software designs, hardware maintenance and use of mobile technology in business. FCTA made a counterpart contribution of N66Million while UNESCO paid N33Million to get the training on rack.
Similarly, FCTA has concluded a review of the 2013 FCT e-health policy in line with the national e-health strategic framework as well as achieved a higher computer penetration among teachers in its public schools where over 5,000 classmate personal computers have been deployed in 137 FCT junior secondary schools, including 996 laptops for 60 senior secondary schools.
Another record accomplishment is the FCT Staff Health Insurance Scheme which had suffered neglect in years gone by, which today, has been fully funded with a total sum of N2.219Billion leaving the Administration with a surplus ofN1.817 Billion. Pensioners’ were not left out in the sheaves of harvest as their accrued right amounting toN3.956 Billion has been paid or will soon be paid as the funds have been provided for that purpose.
Chief Press Secretary