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... okays establishment of special agro-industrial processing zone

2nd Dec, 2019 | By Austine Elemue | ||

CT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured that the Administration is committed to the establishment of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone, as a step towards achieving Mr. President agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty in the agricultural value chains.

Specifically, she assured that the Federal Capital Territory Administration will demonstrate its readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up in the nation's capital as a pilot scheme. Aliyu gave the commitment in Abuja when a delegation of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), led by the Senior Special Advisor to the president of AfDB on industrialization, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, paid her a visit.

To achieve this, the minister assured that provision will be made in the proposed year 2020 budget, adding that the FCT Administration will earmark up to 500 hectares of land to site the facility. She further stated that the Administration will leverage on Federal Government Ease of Doing Business strides, the new network of roads and rails, and Abuja expanded world class airport, stressing that the FCT is traditionally strong in livestock, rice (cereals), horticulture, tubers, vegetables and varieties of economic trees.

In her words, "The FCTA is committed to the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone and we will demonstrate our readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up here in our corridor. "As the seat of power to the largest economy in Africa, the FCT-SAPZ will be a thing of pride to Mr. President. "I look forward to briefing Mr. President soon that the FCTA is taking up the challenge to being the first to implement the SAPZ as a step towards achieving his agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty".

Earlier, the leader of delegation, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, lamented that Africa has huge production lag when compared to Asia countries, warning that if Africa fails to improve, the continent will remain at the level of subsistence farming. Oyeyinka who noted that post harvest losses is extremely high in Africa, also called on FCT Administration for the establishment of the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone that will create jobs for over 20, 000 youths.

He revealed that AfDB has identified six zones in Nigeria for the establishment of SAPZ, but not on geopolitical basis, just as he identified lack of political will by the previous administration as major setback for the takeoff of the project in Nigeria.

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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