14 July 2021 By Remi Johnson
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has ordered that the ongoing construction of lock-up shops at the Karu Primary Healthcare Centre undertaken by the Abuja Municipal Area Council in partnership with a private developer should stop with immediate effect.
The minister gave the order during an inspection of facilities at the primary healthcare centre, Karu Abuja.
She said that the FCT Administration would set up a committee to ascertain the viability of the ongoing construction to the primary healthcare centre.
Aliyu, who expressed strong reservations on the location of the Karu primary healthcare centre noted that it was not serene due to its proximity to the abattoir and other commercial activities around the facility.
She however, affirmed that construction of additional lock-up shops by the Abuja Municipal Area Council within the premises of the primary healthcare centre could compound the existing situation.
In her words: “It is pertinent to put a stop to this ongoing construction work. A ministerial committee will be set with effect from today for immediate action and the scope will be made known to you…you cannot have a primary healthcare facility as strategic as the Karu primary healthcare is, and expose it to so many hazards.”
Earlier, Director of Works, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Gaza Andrew,who told the Minister that the initial project was the completion of the abandoned Sickle Cell Centre and AMAC Healthcare Centre, pointed out that with the involvement of Development Control the council later added the design for corner shops.
“Right here is an abandoned foundation of a sickle cell center, it was abandoned for over 10 years. The paramount ruler personally in 2020 wrote to us that due to the increasing cases of sickle cell this project should be completed,”