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AfDB to invest $250m on water, sanitation in FCT

27th Jan, 2020 | By Austine Elemue | ||

The African Development Bank (AfDB), has revealed that the bank will invest a whooping sum of $250 million in the Federal Capital Territory Water and Sanitation Integrated project, aimed at improving water supply and sanitation in the satellite towns. The Senior Director of African Development Bank, Mr. Ebrima Faal, made the revelation in Abuja when he led a six-man delegation to the office of FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu on a courtesy visit. Faal, also disclosed that the bank will also invest in the development of Abuja Technology Village, adding that a number of studies are ongoing in various components of the integrated project including ICT, fashion and infrastructural development.

He expressed satisfaction that over 20,000 hectare of land has been made available for the development of the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) for job creation and poverty reduction in the nation's capital, stressing that the bank will work with co-financiers to achieve the objectives. According to him, "Giving the nature of the budget both in terms of water and sanitation, we are thinking of working together with the Climate Funds, the Great Climate Funds to come in as co-financiers".

Faal commended the FCT Administration for the provision of land where the corporate office of the bank was built, just as he described the gesture as a fruitful partnership. In her response, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, assured the delegation that the administration will key into the project and any other projects that will be beneficial to the residents of the territory, adding that integrated farming programme in the satellite towns will be pursued vigorously by the administration.

"I know that we are very keen to work with you and I have listened to you very carefully to elaborate on some of your projects. We have been working assiduously on the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ), and it might interest you to know that a task team is already constituted and besides that, expression of interest is ready for submission.

"If you look at it primarily for all that you have outlined today, the most beneficial for the people of the Federal Capital Territory especially the urban areas or the satellite towns is the integrated farming programme or urban agriculture. We have strategic plans and we are ready to work with you", she pledged.

News Update

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus.

Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, sounded the note of warning when he led an inter-departmental technical committee on inspection tour of some parts of the nation's capital city to assess the level of degradation perpetrated through activities of illegal developers

Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.


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