24 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will pay more attention to the task of upgrading the satellite towns, towards making it comfortable for residents.
Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu made this known while responding to questions from the Senate Committee on FCT, on the occasion of the over #299 billion 2021 Budget proposal presentation yesterday in Abuja.
Dr Aliyu explained that the upgrade of satellite towns among other social amenities, would include completion of ongoing road projects in the suburbs.
According to the Minister of State for FCT, these projects had already been captured in the budget, and gone beyond lip service treatment,towards decongesting the city center.
Her words:”…efforts are being made to decongest the areas of Mpape, Old Gwarinpa, Jabi, to relocate these areas to Shere- Galuyi site…approval of Dutse Alhaji kubwa road, Gwagwalada, kutunku, Paiko down to Dobi. There were cases of abandoned projects. This time around, it has gone beyond payment of lip service to infrastructural development in Satellite towns” she explained.
Earlier, Senator representing Kogi West and a member of the Committee, Smart Adeyemi who commended the FCT Administration for being prudent with resources urged the administration to expedite action in the development of the satellite towns .
His words: “you tried your best within the limited resources in 2020.You have not done badly, but there is need to do more… Once you have the satellite towns good enough to stay, then you can decongest the city”.
On his part, Senator, representing FCT, Philip Aduda, called on the Committee members to look at the parameters used for the budget and review upwards in line with the current realities.
” we will look at how we could work on this,…make various adjustments so that we have a fantastic workable budget. And if revenue improves, then we can come with supplementary budget.”
Other members of the Committee who however urged the FCTA revenue generation agencies to step up their efforts in revenue generation drive,
emphasized the need for reserved land areas to be preserved from intruders.
Issues around the Abuja light Rail project and plans for its possible reopening,were extensively discussed,even as the FCT Senate Committee Chairman, Abubakar kyari expressed satisfaction over the 71 billion naira earmarked for the Abuja light Rail project aimed at addressing poor transportation system in the territory.